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The building of the Great Eastern.
|The building of the Great Eastern.|
|© National Maritime Museum, London|
|Repro ID: PW6224|
|Description: The extraordinary dimensions of the 'Great Eastern' dictated that she be built on an inclined way parallel to the river so that she could be launched sideways. Had the vessel been launched stern first from a slipway she would have run aground on the opposite bank of the Thames as she was nearly as long as the river was wide at low tide.|
|Creator: John Wilson Carmichael|
|Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London|