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The 'Great Eastern' as a passenger liner, Launch and sea trials of the Great Eastern

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Miss Hope naming the Leviathan.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H1733
Description: The launch of the 'Great Eastern' on 3 November 1857 was a public relations disaster. The highly public death of one of the winch operators caused chaos amongst the 3000 strong crowd of onlookers. To make matters worse, the ship had hardly moved, having stuck fast on the iron slipway.
Creator: 'The Illustrated London News'
Date: 1857
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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