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The explosion on board the Great Eastern.

The explosion on board the Great Eastern.
The explosion took place off Hastings, on 9 September 1859.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: PY0309
Description: The 'Great Eastern' left the Thames on 7 September 1859. Two days later, when she was passing the south coast, a terrific explosion occurred, caused by an absence of safety valves for the paddle engine boilers. Six firemen were killed and the grand saloon and several cabins were wrecked.
Creator: F. W. Fairbrother (publisher)
Date: c.1859
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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