Ship Name

Great Eastern

Type

paddle and screw steamship

Origins/Provenance

England

Era

Heroic Age of Sail (1816-1865)

Year Launched

1858

Home Waters

Atlantic

Function

Commercial

Displacement (tons)

18900

Length (feet)

692

Beam (feet)

85

Primary Propulsion

Fuel/Steam

Hull

Iron

Top Speed (knots)

13

Historical Note

Commissioned as passenger ship for Liverpool-New York route, with accommodations for 2800 passengers. In 1865, converted to cable-laying ship. World's largest ship for 40 years.

Related Images

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Brtish double-paddlewheel steamer, 1860
Image ID: 1395

Related Locations

New York City,