In 2003 the BBC created a documentary celebrating the Seven Wonders of the Industrial World. The television miniseries originally aired from September 4, 2003 to October 16, 2003 on BBC. The series examines seven engineering feats that took place during the Industrial Revolution. These particular feats were chosen because of their ingenuity, challenges that were overcome when completing them, and how they affected overall society.
The SS Great Eastern: Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the Great Eastern is an iron sailing steam ship and was considered to be the largest ship ever built at the time of her 1858 launch. The ship was 692 feet in length and was reputed for being able to carry 4,000 passengers around the world without refueling. The ship’s designer wanted to take advantage of the fact that at that time so many people from the UK wanted to immigrate to America, so he built the ship for that purpose. After a couple of difficult voyages over the next few years, the ship received considerable damage and was later used for laying cable. Later the ship was retrofitted for commercial passenger purposes that seemed to fail leaving her to be changed into a floating visitor area for a large department store then later sold for scrap metal.