SS Great Eastern
|Port of registry||Liverpool, UK|
|Builder||J. Scott Russell & Co., Millwall|
|Laid down||1 May 1854|
|Launched||31 January 1858|
|Maiden voyage||30 August 1859|
|Out of service||1889|
|Notes||Struck rocks on 27 August 1862. No bigger ship in all respects until 1913.|
|Length||692 ft (211 m)|
|Beam||82 ft (25 m)|
|Propulsion||Total power estimated at 8,000 hp (6,000 kW). Rectangular boilers|
|Speed||14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)|
|Boats & landing |
|18 lifeboats; after 1860 20 lifeboats|
It was designed by the engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, famous for having designed bridges such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge or the Maidenhead Railway Bridge, it was 211 meters long, had a capacity of 4,000 passengers, 17,915 gross tons and was propelled by sail masts, lateral blades and a screw propeller.
- Image:Oscillating engine, and boilers, of Great Eastern - gteast.gif224kB.png
- Dawson, Philip S. (2005). The Liner. Chrysalis Books. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-85177-938-6.
- "Ocean Record Breaking". New York Times. 7 July 1895.