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View of the Great Eastern

On entering Messrs. Scott Russell and Co.'s shipyard, the proportions of the ship are seen to great advantage, the form being to a great extent kept free from the forest of poles which form the stages used in ordinary shipbuilding. In the present instance the four poles, &c., used are rigged with ropes and stanchions composed of the best materials. A gang of riggers, under the direction of a boat swain, are constantly employed in looking after this part of the work; and so good has been the effect of this care, that up to the present time only one accident (and that arising from carelessness) has happened.

SOURCE: The Illustrated London News, May 24, 1856