Brunel’s Great Britain.

SS Great Britain was a  wrought iron steamship was built in 1843 in Bristol, under the supervision of Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company

Originally conceived as a paddle steamer, her design was quickly altered to take advantage of the new technology of screw propulsion, and her engines were converted to power a massive sixteen foot iron propeller. When launched in 1843 she was by far the largest ship in the world at that time at just under 100 metres she was over 30 metres longer than her nearest rival. she was the first screw propelled, ocean-going, wrought iron ship she was designed initially for the Trans Atlantic luxury passenger trade.She had a crew of 130.

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