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Dimensions correct She was 211 m (692 ft) long, 25 m (82 ft) wide [i] Corvan could easily have obtained details about the ship. For example on 15th February 1857 "Captain O'Brian, the secretary and general manager of the North-Eastern Railway...delivered a lecture on naval architecture, and in the course of which he gave an interesting and graphic description of the magnificent iron-screw steamship called the Great Eastern, now building on the river Thames. …Captain O'Brian illustrated his lecture by a beautiful model of the Great Eastern and by suitable diagrams" [ii]

[ii] Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury -21 February 1857


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