The Greatest Iron Ship S.S. Great Eastern Presented By – Gerard Murphy Conception Sailing ships reliant on weather conditions. Steam ships now a proven technology. Asia and Australia forms the majority of the Empires trade. Gold Found in Australia.
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Presented By – Gerard Murphy
Limited cargo capacity
£12,000 with refuelling stops
Huge cargo capacity – 5,000 tons
30 – 35 days
£7,200 for return tripCompetitor Comparison
“At a time when a ship of 1,000 tons was considered large the Great Eastern at 22,374 tons was truly monstrous!”
Everything connected with the great ship demanded new tools, techniques and enlarged facilities of all kinds.
After 41 months (23 late), ready to launch.
First ever side-ways launch.
1866 – First Successful transatlantic cable laid.