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The paddle wheels during the building of the Great Eastern.

The paddle wheels during the building of the Great Eastern.
The paddle wheels of the Great Eastern.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H1698
Description: With a diameter of 17 metres (56 feet), the paddle wheels of the 'Great Eastern' were the largest marine paddles ever built. Her propulsion machinery also included a single screw. While this combination was dictated by the limits of engine efficiency at the time, the paddles and screw gave the ship a manouverability that was invaluable during her subsequent career as a cable laying vessel.
Creator: Robert Howlett
Date: 1857
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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