Brunel’s ss Great Britain in Bristol docks

MWhitham

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Brunel’s ss Great Britain.

1845 – 46 Luxury Transatlantic Passenger Liner

Originally conceived as a paddle steamer, the ss Great Britain’s builders quickly recognised the advantages that the new technology of screw propulsion could give the vessel, and converted the ship and her engines to power a 16 foot iron propeller. At the time of her launch in 1843 she was by far the largest ship in the world, over 100 feet longer than her rivals, and the first screw-propelled, ocean-going, wrought iron ship. Designed initially for the transatlantic luxury passenger trade, she could carry 252 first and second class passengers and 130 crew.

Photo taken on 16th June 2011 with a Nikon D700 and Nikkor 24 – 70mm f2.8 @f8.

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