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View of the Great Eastern

It is by no means a short walk round the ship, as may be readily conceived by the circumstance that when the vessel is completed there will be a promenade round the deck of upwards of a quarter of a mile. On looking at the solid form of iron before us, containing about 7000 tons, one cannot help ruminating on the immense labour of raising it from the bowels of the earth—in smelting— shaping the plates, and carrying it from Yorkshire to the present spot.

SOURCE: The Illustrated London News, May 24, 1856