De Groote Zaal in het Stoomschip, de Great-Eastern
Rare lithograph with tintstone, sheet 145 x 235mm (5¾ x 9¼"). Surface loss;
Dutch print showing the interior of the 'Great Eastern' steam ship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and built by Scott Russell & Co.Ltd, London. After many problems during construction, the ship was not completed until 1858, arousing enormous public interest at the time. During sea trials on 9th September 1859 the Great Eastern's heaters exploded, killing six firemen and devestating the grand saloon. The explosion would have sunk a lesser ship, but the Great Eastern survived. Brunel's new construction methods, dividing the ship up into compartments with watertight bulkheads, limited the extent of the damage. However, the bad news hastened the death of Brunel, who passed away on 15th September. In 1864, the Great Eastern was sold for a fraction of its cost to a cable laying company. The time that the ship spent laying cables for the new telegraph system was its most successful. It was used to lay the first telegraph cable to America. The Great Eastern was finally broken up in 1888.
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