Museum Book: Brunel’s Great Eastern


“Like Prometheus, Isambard Kingdom Brunel is held in chains forever, but on the Isle of Dogs.  In the fabulous opening ceremony for the London Olympics, the stove pipe hats, led by Kenneth Branagh, built factories and forged chains in smoke and in flames, in furnace and in cauldron”.
– JOANNA LUMLEY in her foreword

The Great Eastern was the biggest ship in the world for half a century and changed shipbuilding forever.  This is the heroic story of the first iron ship, the first luxury cruise liner and the ancestor of the super tanker. The photographs of Robert Howlett help tell the story of a ship that amazed the world, then joined it up. 84 pages. on Brunel’s London ship.

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