Brunel's ""Great Western""

Denis Griffiths, Author P. Stephens $0 (160p) ISBN 978-0-85059-743-1
The Great Western, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic, was designed in 1835 when Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Thomas Guppy created the Great Western Steam Ship Company in Britain; the vessel's maiden voyage from Bristol to New York took place in the spring of 1838. Griffiths, a British maritime historian, describes here the workings of the ship, its machinery and structure, and includes statisticscrew lists, maintainence expensesand descriptions of the Great Western's subsequent transatlantic crossings as a passenger and cargo ship, then as a mailship. His prose is dry and will spark interest only in those fiercely devoted to obscure maritime material. Illustrations. November2
Reviewed on: 01/01/1985
Release date: 01/01/1985
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