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I have acquired a half stereo view, from the series "The Great Eastern in the Stereoscope", showing a scene onboard the great ship, after "The Explosion". One of the funnels is clearly broken in half, and a gent in top hat is observing.
I assumed that this must be Brunel himself, viewing the destruction.
I also assumed that this was one of Robert Howlett's stereo views of the Great Eastern.
But, the facts don't add up. I'm confused, and am hoping members can help me understand.
The reverse of the image has a pencil notation (probably later) stating "Scene on the deck after the explosion, 1858".
From what I understand;
The explosion occurred on 9 Sept, 1859.
Howlett Died in December of 1858.
Brunel Died on 15, September, 1859.
So, Did Brunel inspect the damage 6 days before his death? Or is this someone else in the top hat? Who might that be?
As Howlett had untimely passed, was the photographer George Downes? or someone else?
Or do I have all my dates incorrect? Everything seems to have happened so quickly during this short time period.
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