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The 'Great Eastern', Blackwall, Tower Hamlets, London

The 'Great Eastern', Blackwall, Tower Hamlets, London
Photograph taken 1857 © Reproduced by permission of Historic England Archive ref: BB88/06275

Designed by Brunel, this was the largest ship of its day at a length of 207metres and weighing nearly 19,000 tons. It had mixed fortunes and bankrupted its builder, John Scott Russell, and then its owners, The Eastern Steamship Company, but it did lay the first transatlantic cable in 1865.