—Diesel hadn't yet invented his eponymous engine.
The Great Eastern was sold and refitted with several spools of wire-thousands of miles of it. She set about laying wire on the ocean floor between Ireland and Newfoundland and elsewhere around the world. Here's a sketch of what the giant reels of copper wire looked like inside her:
|Inside the SS Great Eastern, spooling out copper wire to lay across the ocean floor.|
The Great Eastern met a rather ignominious end. Like the RMS Olympic (older sister of the RMS Titanic), she was scrapped.
|Stripped carcass of the SS Great Eastern awaiting the scrapper's torch in 1889.|