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The 'Great Eastern' and Captain Harrison

The 'Great Eastern' was a huge steamship designed by the famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. At the time of her launch in 1858 she was the largest ship in the world. Captain William Harrison, third from left, stands with colleagues aboard the 'Great Eastern'. Harrison was the ship's first commander, but his period in charge of the vessel witnessed much misfortune and tragedy. Although the design of the 'Great Eastern' was groundbreaking, Brunel's mighty vessel was considered a commercial failure as a passenger liner.

The 'Great Eastern'

F. Sala & Co. (publishers), 1858
© National Maritime Museum, London


Captain Harrison

Unknown, 1859
© National Maritime Museum, London


The 'Princess Alice' and Captain Grinstead

By the late 19th century, the Thames was increasingly busy. Hundreds of vessels, from large liners to tugs, barges and lighters, used the river each day. Such confusion inevitably led to tragedy. In 1878, the paddle steamer 'Princess Alice' collided with the 'Bywell Castle', a far larger vessel, and sank. The 'Princess Alice' was returning from the day trip to Gravesend. More than 600 people lost their lives in what is still the worst ever disaster on a British waterway. Captain Grinstead, the commander of the 'Princess Alice', also died in the disaster.

The 'Princess Alice'

Illustrated London News, 14 August 1878
© Newham Archives and Local Studies Library Collection.


Captain Grinstead

Illustrated London News, 28 September 1878
© Newham Archives and Local Studies Library Collection.


HM Bark 'Endeavour' and Captain James Cook

Captain Cook sailed in the 'Endeavour' during his first voyage of discovery to the South Seas. Prior to her departure, in 1768, 'Endeavour' was fitted out at Deptford Dockyard. Captain Cook led three great voyages of scientific exploration to the Pacific Ocean. By sailing around the world further south than anyone had done before, he disproved the long-established theory that there was a great southern continent, Terra Australis Incognita.

HM Bark 'Endeavour'

Robert A Lightley, 1973
© National Maritime Museum, London


Captain James Cook

Nathaniel Dance, 1776
© National Maritime Museum, London


The 'Golden Hind' and Sir Francis Drake

The 'Golden Hind' was launched at the Royal Dockyard at Deptford in 1578. It was in this vessel that Francis Drake undertook one of the most historic and exciting voyages of all time. Between 1577 and 1580 the 'Golden Hind' circumnavigated the world making vital discoveries before returning home with amazing treasures. The 'Golden Hind' berthed at Deptford, where Elizabeth I knighted Francis Drake in recognition of his feat on 4 April 1581.

The 'Golden Hind'

Gregory Robinson, Unknown
© National Maritime Museum, London


Sir Francis Drake

Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, 1591
© National Maritime Museum, London



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