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The Mother of All Ships

By Linda Tancs

At the time of her launch in 1843, SS Great Britain was the largest ship in the world, hailed as “the greatest experiment since the Creation.” She was also the first screw-propelled, ocean-going, iron-hulled steam ship, designed initially for the emerging trans-Atlantic luxury passenger trade. Her architect was Isambard Kingdom Brunel, an engineering giant voted one of the greatest Britons of all time. The ship was built in Bristol, where she’s been dry-docked since 1970 and later rehabilitated. Your ticket to visit the ship includes one year’s unlimited access to the dry dock where the ship was originally built (Great Western Dockyard), the Dockyard Museum and the new Being Brunel museum.

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