Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1857

Isambard Kingdom Brunel against the launching chains of Great Eastern at Millwall in 1857.

Brunel died in 1859, not long after the ships’ ill-fated first voyage. Built to be capable of carrying 4000 passengers – without refuelling – between England and Australia, it was the largest ship of its time. An explosion caused damage during the maiden voyage, but after repairs, the ship was used for a few decades.

The famous Howlett photo of Isambard Kingdom Brunel against the launching chains of Great Eastern at Millwall in 1857.

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