Esoteric London

No. 807: King John Court, EC2

Posted in Lettering, London Labour, The Docks, Transport by esotericlondon on April 2, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_9117 copy

King John Court, London, EC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

The Leisure Hour: A Family Journal of Instruction and Recreation – November 5th 1857:

THE “GREAT EASTERN.”

About two years ago, in No. 208 of the “Leisure Hour,” we recorded the impressions of an inspection we had then recently made to the monster steam vessel which had been for many months growing into shape, and some approach to symmetry, on the banks of the Thames, at Milwall, and which, ere this account of a late visit meets the eyes of our readers, will probably have found its destined place on the bosom of its native element. At the time of our former inspection, the huge ark, though it had already become a signal portent to marine London, and to half the marine world besides, had not sufficiently asserted itself and its capabilities, to enable us to give a very definite account of them. Like all great undertakings, as it has progressed towards completion, it has astonished not only a world of spectators, but its designers and creators as well. What was grand in idea, looks and is so tremendous in its realization, that those who have called it into being may well stagger at the aspect of a creation so enormous, and to all appearance so unmanageable by human agency. This, at least, is the impression we derive from a first glance at the “Great Eastern” in its present state, as it stands a massive mountain of iron by the water-side, complete in the swelling grandeur of its external proportions, and ready to descend into its billowy bed whenever a power sufficiently potent to dislodge it from its perch shall be brought to bear upon it.

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