Ship Name

Great Western

Type

paddle steamship

Origins/Provenance

English-built

Era

Heroic Age of Sail (1816-1865)

Year Launched

1837

Home Waters

Transatlantic

Function

Commercial

Displacement (tons)

1340

Length (feet)

236

Beam (feet)

35

Draft (feet)

17

Primary Propulsion

Fuel/Steam

Propulsion Specifications

direct-acting steam; paddlewheels; used coal-fired

Hull

wood

Top Speed (knots)

8

Historical Note

Made its first transatlantic crossing in 1838, same time as did Sirius, First steam packet service NYC - Bristol (15 days)

Related Images

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Record ID: 97