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N.2 Novembre 2006

Adventures ENG 
S.S. Great Eastern

The Great Eastern was an extraordinary step in development. Completed in 1858, only fourteen years after the Great Britain, the ship was immense, five times the displacement of any other afloat. With length overall of just under 700ft, breadth 83ft, the ship was too big to be propelled by the screw engines of the day. Power requirements approached 10,000ihp for the design speed of 15kts and it was simply not possible to manufacture a screw shaft large enough to transmit this power. The Leviathan, as she was most appropriately to have been named, bankrupted her builder and her owners and suffered a series of misfortunes in service, however, she represented one of the greatest engineering achievements of the century.

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