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S.S.Great Britain Bristol

S.S.Great Britain Bristol


The SS Great Britain was a world first when she was launched in Bristol in 1843.


Isambard Kingdom Brunel, conceived the groundbreaking combination of a screw propeller, an iron hull, and a massive 1000-horsepower steam engine.


She was immediately successful - on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic the SS Great Britain easily broke the previous speed record.


Although effectively a prototype, she continued sailing until 1886, and travelled thirty-two times around the world and nearly one million miles at sea.


She was finally abandoned in the Falkland Islands, in 1937, after more than 40 years use as a floating warehouse.


In 1970 she was brought home to Bristol, where she is conserved in the dry dock where she was originally built.


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Taken on November 27, 2007