The great iron ship

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Harper, 1953 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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The Great Eastern, launched in 1858, was the largest iron ship ever built. Designed to carry more passengers than the Queen Mary, and too large for the Suez Canal of her day, it was this ship that laid the Atlantic cable. Yet, this ship was also believed to be haunted by a jinx that killed, maimed, or financially ruined hundreds of men. The story of this ship encompasses geniuses, charlatans, crackpots, and celebrities, from the ill-fated I. K. Brunel, considered the greatest engineer of his day, to Louis Napoleon of France, who was thrown for heavy financial losses by the erratic vessel.

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User Review  - Jeff Randall - Goodreads

The Great Eastern has always enthralled me, this book written 60 yrs ago, and 100 yrs after the ships launch is outstanding. It is incredible the lives that intersected with the Great Iron Ship ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ray - Goodreads

The Great Eastern was launched in 1858-she was the largest steamship afloat, 5 times the size of the biggest vessel then existing. Her 22,500-ton displacement was not exceeded for almost 50 years. She ... Read full review

Contents

THE WONDER OF THE SEAS
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THE LITTLE GIANT
19
FASTEST VESSEL BEYOND COMPARE
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