Punch,  34 (1858), 63.

The Doomed Ship



News-Commentary, Drollery


Steamships, Religious Authority

    Announces the 'doom of the SS Leviathan' and expects that the ship 'must be lost, or broken up, or other way swept off from the face of the waters'. Implicitly (but not seriously) agreeing with the Record's view that the ship's satanic name had determined its ugly fate, observes that Isambard K Brunel was 'misguided' to try to launch the ship on a Sunday. Grieves over the ship's fate but thinks that soon 'not an atom of the ill-starred ship will be distinguishable'. Adds that the Record had already begun writing a leader on the disaster and notes the horror of Record readers at news of the ship's Sunday launch.

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