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The Steamship 'Great Eastern' in a Choppy Sea

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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At a time when the largest ships afloat were under 5,000 tons, 'Great Eastern' had a designed tonnage of nearly 19,000 tons. Like the 'Great Western' and 'Great Britain' before her, the 'Great Eastern' was a one-off. There was nothing else like her in the world. Henry Clifford was a second engineer on the 'Great Eastern' and painted numerous oils of the ship.

National Maritime Museum


  • Date

    mid-19th C

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    87 x 112 cm

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