A dream too far

by John Hannavy

The launch of the Great Eastern.
The launch of the Great Eastern.

Close to the water’s edge on the north shore of the Thames at Millwall are the last reminders of the largest ship ever built in the Victorian era. The array of wooden posts and beams, uncovered a few years ago during the redevelopment of the riverside, are all that remains of the shipyard from where Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s SS great Eastern was launched.

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