Chromolithograph, "The Great Eastern Afloat," 1857

Summary

The Great Eastern was the largest passenger ship ever built at the time of its launch in 1858. In 1866, it 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 Great Eastern was the largest passenger ship ever built at the time of its launch in 1858. In 1866, it 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

07 November 1857

Collection Title

Seymour Dunbar Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

82.129.1754

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Colored ink

Technique

Lithography

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 15 in  (print only)

Width: 20 in  (print only)

Inscriptions

printed on front: (AFTER EDWIN WEEDON) / THE GREAT EASTERN -AFLOAT / LENGTH- 695 FEET BREADTH- 118 FEET TONNAGE 22500 TONS / NOV. 7TH, 1847 handwritten on front: The "Great Eastern." / A print showing the vessel under way. From the drawing by Edwin Weedon. / Chromo-lithograph, colored. / Published in England. / Date: Nov. 7 1857

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