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Great Eastern Collection

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Isambard Kingdom Brunel Standing Before the Launching Chains of the Great Eastern

Isambard Kingdom Brunel Standing Before the Launching Chains of the Great Eastern, 1857, printed 1863-64

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Great Eastern on the stocks at Millwall on the Thames, 1857

Great Eastern on the stocks at Millwall on the Thames, 1857. View from the stern, showing the vessel in John Scott Russells (1808-1882) yard

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Isambard Kingdom Brunel, civil engineer, c1850s

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, civil engineer, c1850s
Isambard Kingdom Brunel, English engineer, c1850s. Brunel surrounded by vignettes of some of his most significant projects - the steamships Great Eastern, Great Britain

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: the Great Eastern off Brighton on her return home, 1865

The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: the Great Eastern off Brighton on her return home, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: the Great Eastern off Brighton on her return home - from a sketch by our special artist, 1865

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: preparing for the final attempt to grapple the lost cable

The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: preparing for the final attempt to grapple the lost cable, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: preparing for the final attempt to grapple the lost cable - from a sketch by our special artist, 1865

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: the paying-out machinery of the Great Eastern, 1865

The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: the paying-out machinery of the Great Eastern, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: the paying-out machinery of the Great Eastern - from a sketch by our special artist, 1865

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Examining the Atlantic Telegraph Cable, after raising it, on board the Great Eastern, 1865

Examining the Atlantic Telegraph Cable, after raising it, on board the Great Eastern, 1865. Creator: Unknown
Examining the Atlantic Telegraph Cable, after raising it, on board the Great Eastern, 1865. Engraving from a sketch by Robert Dudley '...of the anxious group of men...handling

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: The breaking of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable on board the Great Eastern, 1865. Creator: Unknown

The breaking of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable on board the Great Eastern, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The breaking of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable on board the Great Eastern, 1865. Engraving from a sketch by Robert Dudley. '...the galvanometer detected a flaw of electricity which indicated a

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Captain William Harrison, Commander of the 'Great Eastern' Steam-ship, 1858. Creator: Unknown

Captain William Harrison, Commander of the "Great Eastern" Steam-ship, 1858. Creator: Unknown
Captain William Harrison, Commander of the "Great Eastern" Steam-ship, 1858. Engraving from a portrait taken by Mr

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: The Arrival of the 'Great Eastern' at New York - from a sketch taken on the Jersey side by E

The Arrival of the "Great Eastern" at New York - from a sketch taken on the Jersey side by E. Hall, 1860. A correspondent of the Times aboard Brunel's steamship wrote

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Progress of the Great Ship, building at Millwall, for the Eastern Steam Navigation Company, 1856

Progress of the Great Ship, building at Millwall, for the Eastern Steam Navigation Company, 1856. Creator: Unknown
Progress of the Great Ship, building at Millwall, for the Eastern Steam Navigation Company, 1856. Scene by the River Thames in London: Brunel's SS Great Eastern, an iron sail-powered

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: The Great Eastern, 1860: The Vessel leaving Southampton on her First Voyage, June 17, (1901)

The Great Eastern, 1860: The Vessel leaving Southampton on her First Voyage, June 17, (1901). The SS Great Eastern was an iron sailing steamship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel with John Scott

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: The Atlantic Telegraph, [1866]. Creator: Robert Charles Dudley

The Atlantic Telegraph, [1866]. Creator: Robert Charles Dudley
The Atlantic Telegraph, [1866]

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Men at Work Beside the Launching Chains of the Great Eastern, November 18

Men at Work Beside the Launching Chains of the Great Eastern, November 18
Men at Work Beside the Launching Chains of the " Great Eastern", November 18, 1857

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: The Atlantic Telegraph Cable Fleet Assembled at Berehaven (Southwest Coast of Ireland)

The Atlantic Telegraph Cable Fleet Assembled at Berehaven (Southwest Coast of Ireland): Ships, the Great Eastern, H.M.S. Terrible, the Alby, the Medway and the William Cory, 1866

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Telegraph Cable Fleet at Sea, 1865, 1865-66. Creator: Robert Charles Dudley

Telegraph Cable Fleet at Sea, 1865, 1865-66. Creator: Robert Charles Dudley
Telegraph Cable Fleet at Sea, 1865, 1865-66

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: View Looking Aft from the Port Paddle-box on the Deck of the Great Eastern... 1865-66

View Looking Aft from the Port Paddle-box on the Deck of the Great Eastern... 1865-66
View Looking Aft from the Port Paddle-box on the Deck of the Great Eastern: Showing the Trough for the Cable, etc. 1865-66

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: In the Bows of the Great Eastern: The Cable Broken and Lost, Preparing to Grapple

In the Bows of the Great Eastern: The Cable Broken and Lost, Preparing to Grapple, August 2nd, 1865, 1865

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Coiling the Cable in the After-tank on Board the Great Eastern at Sheerness: Visit

Coiling the Cable in the After-tank on Board the Great Eastern at Sheerness: Visit of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales on May 23rd, 1865, 1865-66

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: The Old Frigate Iris with Her Freight of Cable Alongside the Great Eastern at Sheerness

The Old Frigate Iris with Her Freight of Cable Alongside the Great Eastern at Sheerness: The Cable Passed from the Hulk to the Great Eastern, 1865

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Splicing the Cable (after the First Accident) on Board the Great Eastern, July 25th, 1865

Splicing the Cable (after the First Accident) on Board the Great Eastern, July 25th, 1865, 1865-66

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Forward Deck of the Great Eastern Cleared for the First Attempt to Grapple... 1865-66

Forward Deck of the Great Eastern Cleared for the First Attempt to Grapple... 1865-66
Forward Deck of the Great Eastern Cleared for the First Attempt to Grapple for the Lost Cable, August 11th, 1865, 1865-66

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: The Forge on Deck, Night of August 9th: Preparing the Iron Plating for Capstan, 1865-66

The Forge on Deck, Night of August 9th: Preparing the Iron Plating for Capstan, 1865-66

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: The Paying-out Machinery in the Stern of the Great Eastern, 1865

The Paying-out Machinery in the Stern of the Great Eastern, 1865

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Getting Out One of the Large Buoys for Launching, August 2nd, 1865, 1865

Getting Out One of the Large Buoys for Launching, August 2nd, 1865, 1865

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Interior of One of the Tanks on Board the Great Eastern: The Cable Passing Out, 1865-66

Interior of One of the Tanks on Board the Great Eastern: The Cable Passing Out, 1865-66

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Launching the Buoy from the Bow of the Great Eastern on August 8th, 1865, 1865-66

Launching the Buoy from the Bow of the Great Eastern on August 8th, 1865, 1865-66

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Getting Out One of the Great Buoys: The Deck of the Great Eastern Looking From

Getting Out One of the Great Buoys: The Deck of the Great Eastern Looking From the Forecastle, 1865-66

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: View of the Interior of One of the Tanks on Board the Great Eastern, 1865-66

View of the Interior of One of the Tanks on Board the Great Eastern, 1865-66

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: View, Looking Aft, from the Port Paddle Box of the Great Eastern, Showing the Trough

View, Looking Aft, from the Port Paddle Box of the Great Eastern, Showing the Trough for the Cable, etc. 1865-66

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Deck of the Great Eastern, the Cable Trough, etc. 1866, 1865-66

Deck of the Great Eastern, the Cable Trough, etc. 1866, 1865-66

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: News Received Through the Atlantic Cable From All Parts of the World, etc. 1866

News Received Through the Atlantic Cable From All Parts of the World, etc. 1866

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: The breaking of the Atlantic Cable on board the Great Eastern, August 2, 1865, (1901)

The breaking of the Atlantic Cable on board the Great Eastern, August 2, 1865, (1901). The first transatlantic telegraph cable was laid across the floor of the Atlantic Ocean from Valentia Island in

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer, 1857. Artist: Robert Howlett

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer, 1857. Artist: Robert Howlett
Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer, 1857. Brunel (1806-1859) standing in front of the launching chains of his steamship the Great Eastern

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: The laying of the transatlantic telegraph cable, August 8th, 1866. Artist: Robert Dudley

The laying of the transatlantic telegraph cable, August 8th, 1866. Artist: Robert Dudley
The laying of the transatlantic telegraph cable, August 8th, 1866. The launching of the buoy marking the spot where the cable had been grappled

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Isambard Kingdom Brunel beside the Great Eastern, c1857. Artist: Robert Howlett

Isambard Kingdom Brunel beside the Great Eastern, c1857. Artist: Robert Howlett
Isambard Kingdom Brunel beside the Great Eastern, c1857. Brunel (1806-1859) proposed to the Eastern Steam Navigation Company the construction of a steamship five or six times the size of any then in

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: SS Great Eastern, 1859

SS Great Eastern, 1859. Pictured at the port of Le Havre, France. Isambard Kingdom Brunel proposed to the Eastern Steam Navigation Company the construction of a steamship five or six times the size

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: The Great Eastern, 1886

The Great Eastern, 1886. Isambard Kingdom Brunel proposed to the Eastern Steam Navigation Company the construction of a steamship five or six times the size of any then in use

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: The Great Eastern, 1937

The Great Eastern, 1937. From The Story of Navigation. [The Imperial Tobacco Co. (Of Great Britain & Ireland), Ltd, , 1937]

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer, 1857 (1956)

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer, 1857 (1956)
Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer, 1857, (1956). Brunel (1806-1859) standing in front of the launching chains of his steamship the Great Eastern

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer, 1857 (1956). Artist: Robert Howlett

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer, 1857 (1956). Artist: Robert Howlett
Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer, 1857 (1956). Brunel (1806-1859) standing in front of the launching chains of his steamship the Great Eastern

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Picking up the Atlantic cable, 1866 (c1880)

Picking up the Atlantic cable, 1866 (c1880). An attempt in 1865 by Brunels giant steamship, the Great Eastern to lay a transatlantic telegraph cable ended in failure when the cable snapped

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: The Atlantic telegraph expedition, Content Bay, Newfoundland, 1866

The Atlantic telegraph expedition, Content Bay, Newfoundland, 1866. As seen from the deck of the Great Eastern. From a supplement to The Illustrated London News (8 September 1866)

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: The Great Eastern recovering the lost Atlantic cable, 1866, (c1920)

The Great Eastern recovering the lost Atlantic cable, 1866, (c1920). An attempt in 1865 by Brunels giant steamship, the Great Eastern to lay the cable ended in failure when the cable snapped

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: The Great Eastern playing out the Atlantic telegraph cable, c1865, (c1880)

The Great Eastern playing out the Atlantic telegraph cable, c1865, (c1880). A print from Great Industries of Great Britain, Volume I, published by Cassell Petter and Galpin, (London, Paris, New York)

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Laying the transatlantic telegraph cable, 1865

Laying the transatlantic telegraph cable, 1865. On the deck of the SS Great Eastern searching the cable for a fault after its recovery from the bottom of the Atlantic on 31 July 1865

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Laying of the telegraph cable across the Indian Ocean between Bombay and Aden, 1870

Laying of the telegraph cable across the Indian Ocean between Bombay and Aden, 1870. Landing the shore end of the cable at Aden

Background imageGreat Eastern Collection: Laying the transatlantic telegraph cable, 1865 (1866)

Laying the transatlantic telegraph cable, 1865 (1866). Preparing to grapple for the broken cable from the bows of the SS Great Eastern, 2 August 1865



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