The Old Dreadnought. 1859. Engraving of a drawing by Walter W. May, R.N. From The Book of the Thames from its Rise to its Fall, p. 471. Text and formatting by George P. Landow. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the University of Pittsburgh and the Internet Archive and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]

The Halls on the Old Dreadnought

In the river a little below was placed, as a hospital ship for all nations, the Dreadnought, which had been famous in many sea-fights of Nelson's era. It was used for a charitable institution, supported by voluntary contributions, and the old vessel, now broken up, was granted for the purpose to the Seamen's Hospital Society by the Government. Another line-of-battle ship, formerly the Caledonia, has been lately altered at Woolwich, and admirably fitted to receive a larger number of patients. Here also is at present moored the great ship-building marvel of the age and the world, — the Leviathan, or the Great Eastern. [478-79]


Hall, Samuel Carter, and A. M. Hall. The Book of the Thames from its Rise to its Fall. London: Arthur Hall, Virtue, and Cp., 1959. Internet Archive version of a copy in the William and Mary Darlington Memorial Libray, the University of Pittsburgh. Web. 10 March 2012.

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