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The building of the Great Eastern: bow view of the ship and yard.

The building of the Great Eastern: bow view of the ship and yard.
Building of the Great Eastern, bow view of ship and yard.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H1702
Description: Another of Robert Howlett's superb series of images of the construction of Brunel's 'Great Eastern'. Built at Millwall between 1853-57, she was the largest ship in the world at that time. She had to be launched sideways. Although a technological triumph, she was a commercial failure as a passenger liner. She later enjoyed some success as a cable-laying ship.
Creator: Robert Howlett
Date: 1857
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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