Bristol – Day Two…
While MP caught up with the lads I wandered off to see the SS Great Britain. When I was told about the SS Great Britain I wasn’t to fussed to see it but I’m so glad I did and if you are ever in Bristol this is a must see. A friend of MP’s who lives in Bristol advised me to take plenty of time here and his advise was spot on. It took me close on three hours to explore the site and even then I felt I could have stayed a little longer.
One thing I found while on my travels visiting exhibitions and the like is that most of the time I would get to these places around 11am onwards and within an hour I’m getting hungry so then would start to rush through the exhibition. As a result I now head for the cafe first rather than last. I have a nice cuppa and something to eat and am then content to wander on through for the next 3-4 hours at a leisurely pace. Another bonus with this plan is that the cafe is rarely full so you are not having to line up and then walk about the room with your tray trying to find an empty table. Eight times out of ten you can pick and choose your table and it is less noisy.
So … after a nice hot cup of English Breakfast tea and an apple muffin……off we go…
To quote the Guide Book the …”SS Great Britain is one of the most important historic ships in the world. When she was launched in 1843, she was called ‘the greatest experiment since the Creation‘ “
Isambard Kingdom Brunel was the amazing and brilliant engineer responsible for the ships final design.
Along with other engineers, shipbuilders and experienced seaman the SS Great Britain was constructed in a purpose built dry-dock in Bristol.
When you purchase your ticket it is a copy of an original ticket issued by Gibbs, Bright & Co., North John St, Liverpool. It is for passage from Liverpool to Melbourne. !!
Again from the guide book…
“Her super size iron hull made her, in 1843, the biggest, strongest ship ever built.
Brunel daringly fitted her with a steam-powered propeller – the very latest invention in maritime technology.
Her 1,000 horse -power engine was the most powerful afloat, and she could carry enough fuel to power her to America.”
In 1852 the SS Great Britain left Liverpool with 630 people destined for Melbourne, Australia with the hope of striking it rich on the gold fields. This journey took just sixty days
The Weather deck looking much the same as it did in 1845
The Bell of the SS Great Britain
cargo and luggage waiting to be loaded
This mighty ship took 4 years to build, sailed around the world 32 times, took the first English cricket team to Australia, after being an Emigrant Clipper (passenger ship) she then became a Windjammer and converted to carrying cargo. Coal from Penarth, Wales and/or Liverpool to San Francisco and wheat on the return trip. She later became a storage hulk for coal and wool and in 1933 she was scuttled at Sparrow Cove at the Falkland Islands and abandoned. In 1977 she was re-floated and, sitting on a huge floating pontoon pulled by tugs , she was brought home to her birthplace, Bristol. The following link tells the incredible story of the salvage operation. It goes for about 30mins and is in parts so when you have some time grab a cuppa and some chocolate and sit and watch it. At the end of each part it will re-load so there is no need to click anything. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did …..and I bet you get goosebumps at the end…just as I did.
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