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Huge SS Great Eastern Launched – Largest Ship of the 19th Century – 1858

Huge SS Great Eastern Launched – Largest Ship of the 19th Century – 1858

Although launched in 1858, it is interesting that the SS Great Eastern was not outnumbered until 1901, ie until the next century.

On January 31, 1858, the SS Great Eastern was launched, by far the largest vessel in Western history to date. From its 211 meters in length, it was almost twice as long as the world’s largest ships at the time, and with a displacement of over 32,000 tons, it was several times the size of them. It was once named Leviathan, but it remained permanently named SS Great Eastern. It could theoretically transport as many as 4,000 passengers from England to Australia without charcoal filling along the way. SS Great Eastern had as many as three types of drives, which could be combined.

Specifically, he owned sails, a propeller driven by a steam engine and even bladed wheels on either side of the ship, also steam-powered. The sails were spread across as many as six masts, which was a rarity, and the steam engines had a total of about 8,000 horsepower. Although launched in 1858, it is interesting that the SS Great Eastern was not outnumbered until 1901, ie until the next century. It therefore remains the permanent title of the largest ship built in the 19th century.

The famous Isambard Kingdom Brunel, one of Britain’s leading entrepreneurs during the Industrial Revolution, was responsible for the design and construction of this huge ship.

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