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Great Eastern is best remembered as the ship that helped lay the first transatlantic telegraph cable.  The cable linking America with Europe was put in place in September, 1866. 


Designed Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Great Eastern was the largest ship at the time of her 1858 launch, six times larger than any ship ever built.  693 feet long, the ship had five funnels, each 100 feet high and 6 feet in diameter. The two paddle wheels were 58 feet in diameter, and the propeller 24 feet! She had the capacity to carry 4,000 passengers around the world without refueling.  


Great Eastern would only be surpassed in length in 1899 by the SS Oceanic II and in tonnage in 1901 by the SS Celtic II.  Brunel called her affectionately as the "great babe."

Compare our model with others to see the vast difference. 



SS Great Eastern model features:

    - Scratch built from official plans. 

    - Superior hollow hull construction (very important), weighing less than 10 lbs  (A solid hull of this model would be over 40 lbs and feel like a toy rather than an art piece.)

    - The hollow superstructure is comprised of
    hundred of individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not several solid pieces stacking on top one another.

    - Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the hollow structures

    - >95% of parts are wood and metal.

As off the time it was used to lay cable linking America and Europe (4 funnels)

39" long  x 16" wide x 7.5 wide    $2,500     S & H is $150    SOLD OUT.

                                    Add light feature:  $200 


In September, 2009, Model Ship Master successfully delivered a 42" long Great Eastern model to the world-renowned sculptor James Butler.  James Butler had recently made a bronze portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and used our model to make the bronze casting of the ship which would stand beside Isambard Kingdom Brunel on a lower table...

"Dear Frank,
The model of the "Great Eastern" arrived  OK. One or two small pieces had come unstuck but are quite easy to glue back into place. It looks splendid and I am very pleased with it.
Many thanks