September 1859. Brunel’s Great Eastern.

The first trip of the Great Eastern from her moorings at Deptford to this place was not intended for a trial. trip, and cannot be called a trial trip in any way save three particulars – and in these only to a limited extent.

The Great Eastern

The first trip of the Great Eastern from her moorings at Deptford to this place was not intended for a trial trip, and cannot be called a trial trip in any way save three particulars – and in these only to a limited extent.

First, the facility with which she minds her helm; secondly, the character and working of her machinery; and thirdly, the strength of her structure.

With the exception of the positively unsafe features, appearances and results were very satisfactory; but they were neither unexpected nor, reasoning from experience, unprecedented.

The whole affair is also a timely commentary on the prevalent fashion of sacrificing engineering completeness for the purpose of hurrying on commercial results.

1859 Brunel’s Great Eastern