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Brunel agreed to launch the ship on 3 November 1857… At 12:30 pm Henrietta (daughter of a major fund-raiser for the ship, Henry Thomas Hope) chris-tened the ship Leviathan much to everyone's sur-prise since she was commonly known as Great Eastern; The failure of the launch of 'Leviathan' was reported in the Newcastle press [i] her name was changed back to Great Eastern in July 1858. After her succesful launch in January. [ii]

References:
[i] Newcastle Courant 06 November 1857 and Newcastle Journal - Saturday 07 November 1857
[ii] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Great_Eastern

 

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