A 'Wessel' of Wrath
Steamships, Accidents, Engineering, Technology, Religious Authority, Providence
Responds to news that the editor of the Record, Alexander Haldane, was 'ecstatic' about the second failure of the launch of the SS Great Eastern, because he linked the first failure and the 'killing' of two workmen as the 'judgment of Providence' on the directors for calling the ship by the apparently Satanic name of 'Leviathan'. Noting that the Record thinks the ship will sink if it keeps this name, wonders what would happen to somebody on board ships named Castor and Pollux, 'whose names were borne by the Alexandrian vessel selected by the great Apostle of the Gentiles to take him to Italy', a voyage that proved successful.
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