Chromolithograph, "The Great Eastern on the Stocks during Construction, Stern View," 1857

Summary

The SS Great Eastern is shown under construction in this print. It was the largest passenger ship ever built at the time of its launch in 1858. In 1866, the Great Eastern was converted to lay the second--and first successful--transatlantic cable. During its career, this ship laid multiple submarine communication cables totaling over 32,000 miles.

The SS Great Eastern is shown under construction in this print. It was the largest passenger ship ever built at the time of its launch in 1858. In 1866, the Great Eastern was converted to lay the second--and first successful--transatlantic cable. During its career, this ship laid multiple submarine communication cables totaling over 32,000 miles.

Artifact

Print (Visual work)

Date Made

1857

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United Kingdom, England, London 

Collection Title

Seymour Dunbar Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

82.129.1752

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Colored ink

Technique

Lithography

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 11.25 in  (print only)

Width: 14.5 in  (print only)

Inscriptions

printed on front: THE GREAT EASTERN ON THE STOCKS / STERN VIEW handwritten on front: The "Great Eastern" during construction. Stern View. / Chromo-lithograph, colored. Published in London. / Date 1857

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