Builder's whole, rigged model, of SS 'Great Eastern', 1853-1857

Made:
1853-1857 in Isle of Dogs and Millwall
designer:
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
and
John Scott Russell
specifier:
Eastern Steam Navigation Company
Builder's whole, rigged model (scale 1:96) of SS 'Great Eastern', launched 1858, made by John Scott Russell and Co. at Builder's whole, rigged model (scale 1:96) of SS 'Great Eastern', launched 1858, made by John Scott Russell and Co. at Builder's whole, rigged model (scale 1:96) of SS 'Great Eastern', launched 1858, made by John Scott Russell and Co. at View of the "Great Eastern" in the Shipping gallery of the Science Museum, June 2006. View of the "Great Eastern" in the Shipping gallery of the Science Museum, June 2006. View of the "Great Eastern" in the Shipping gallery of the Science Museum, June 2006. View of the "Great Eastern" in the Shipping gallery of the Science Museum, June 2006.

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Builder's whole, rigged model (scale 1:96) of SS 'Great Eastern', launched 1858, made by John Scott Russell and Co. at
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Builder's whole, rigged model (scale 1:96) of SS 'Great Eastern', launched 1858, made by John Scott Russell and Co. at
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Builder's whole, rigged model (scale 1:96) of SS 'Great Eastern', launched 1858, made by John Scott Russell and Co. at
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

View of the "Great Eastern" in the Shipping gallery of the Science Museum, June 2006.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

View of the "Great Eastern" in the Shipping gallery of the Science Museum, June 2006.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

View of the "Great Eastern" in the Shipping gallery of the Science Museum, June 2006.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

View of the "Great Eastern" in the Shipping gallery of the Science Museum, June 2006.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Builder's whole, rigged model, scale 1:96, of SS 'Great Eastern' by John Scott Russell and Company, Millwall, London, England, 1853-1857

Whole model, rigged, scale 1:96, of SS 'Great Eastern', built by John Scott Russell and Co., London, England, 1853-1857.

This famous steamship, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) for the Eastern Steam Navigation Company, was the largest vessel afloat until she was broken up in 1888. Built of iron at Millwall (London) in 1853-1858, she was 692 feet long, and had accommodation for 4000 passengers. Limitations of contemporary technology necessitated the employment of both paddle-wheels and a screw propeller. Originally designed with the passenger trade to Australia and the Far East in mind, the Great Eastern made her maiden voyage, across the Atlantic, in 1860. She was not a commercial success as a liner, but between 1865 and 1873, did valuable work laying submarine cables, including the first transatlantic telegraph link.

Details

Category:
Water Transport
Object Number:
1857-101
Materials:
box (wood), brass (copper, zinc alloy), complete, cotton (fibre), mahogany (wood), metal (unknown), paint, steel (metal) and wood (unknown)
type:
watercraft
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • furnishing and equipment
  • vehicle - transportation
credit:
John Scott Russell