The 'Great Western' Steam Ship, intended to trade between Bristol and New York, leaving Cumberland Basin on the morning of the 18th Aug 1837
... in tow of the Lion Steam Tug and accompanied by the Benledi and Herald Steamers for the purpose of proceeding to London to receive her Engines.
This hand-coloured lithograph depicts the ‘Great Western’, which was the first purpose-built transatlantic steamship. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and launched in Bristol in 1837, she established the advantage of steam over sail for transatlantic travel, becoming the model for successive Atlantic paddle steamers. She is shown here leaving Cumberland Basin on the morning of the 18th August 1837, towed by the steam tug ‘Lion’ and accompanied by the steamers ‘Benledi’ and ‘Herald’, on her way to London to receive her engines. Crowds of onlookers watch from the near and far shores.
Object Number: PAH0209
Date: mid 19th century
Original size: 303 mm x 406 mm
- Image reference: PY0209
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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