Richard Tangye alongside the Great Eastern, January 1858
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40cm
actual image size: 28cm x 22cm

Richard Tangye alongside the Great Eastern, January 1858

© Museum of London

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Richard Tangye alongside the Great
Eastern, January 1858.
The Great Eastern, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel,was built at John Scott Russell’s shipbuilding yard at Millwall on
the Isle of Dogs. The size of the
ship required it to be constructed
sideways on to the Thames. It was a great tourist attraction and on the 1st June 1857 Dickens travelled by steamboat with
some friends to take a look at
it. Launch attempts failed much
to Brunel’s embarrassment
incurring considerable financial
loss. Finally, special patented
hydraulic jacks, supplied by Richard Tangye, successfully
shunted the ‘Great Eastern’ into
the river. Here the diminutive
Richard Tangye, his height was
under five feet, proudly and
confidently rests his hand on one
of his hydraulic jacks.
 

Date

1858 AD - 1858 AD
 

Image Number

009778
 

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