The SS Great Eastern is the massive 22,500-ton and 700 feet steamship that was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, in which he called his “Great Babe”. With its size, it became the world’s biggest ship that was built for the purpose of passenger liner and cargo trade between England and Ceylon. Built by J. Scott Russell & Co. on London’s River Thames, the massive steamship could accommodate as much as 4,000 passengers from England to Australia without worries of running in fuel.
Going back to history, the launch of SS Great Eastern in 1857 brought about unfavorable events. It was a struggle to keep the steamship afloat and it faced more issues during its completing stages. Short to say, SS Great Eastern’s company became bankrupt. A new company took over, but on its first voyage in 1859, it encountered a problem which cut short the trip. The ship’s broiler exploded, which left the second owner give-up because of the expenses it needed for repairs. Again, a new company took over and financed its repair and maintenance which allowed it to sail in New York in 1860. The steamship continued her sailings until 1863 when repairs had to be done again. New owners took over to benefit on the huge ship, making it a carrier of variety of exports such as coal and wheat. She traveled mostly between England and the America’s west coast.
After countless attempts to repair and revive this largest steamship in the world, the long and extra-ordinary journey of SS Great Eastern ended in 1933. A rescue mission was set, but its failure led to the shop’s abandonment. Facts reveal that an expert salvage team worked on re-floating SS Great Eastern which happened on the 13th of April 1970. He made it to his homeland in Bristol via the Atlantic, seated on equally huge floating pontoon being pulled by tugs.