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SS “Great Britain”


by Helen Doe

Brunel’s Ship, Her Voyages, Passengers and Crew

Experimental and controversial at the time, SS Great Britain led the way for iron shipbuilding and screw propulsion. This book charts the ship’s brilliant design and construction, and the tribulations of her owners as they battled financial crises to turn Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s vision into reality. Author, Helen Doe, highlights the contribution of the many individuals connected to the ship, ranging from crew members to passengers, at least one grand Victorian scandal, and the mysterious disappearance of her long-serving captain. The ship’s life and times are recreated, and the history of a technical marvel is given a human face. The ship was salvaged a second time, when she was rescued from the Falkland Islands and towed home across the Atlantic. She now sits in splendour in her original dock in Bristol and is one of the most visited attractions in Britain. This a compelling account of an iconic ship and of an important moment in industrial history.

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