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SS Great Britain, Bristol

SS Great Britain, Bristol
Photograph taken August 2001 © Copyright Historic England Archive ref: NMR/21417/02

Built in 1843 to designs by Brunel, the Great Britain was used as a passenger ship to New York. After running aground and the ship was salvaged and used as a cargo vessel on trips to Australia until damaged in a storm off Cape Horn in the 1880s. In 1970 it was brought back for restoration to the very dock in Bristol where it was originally floated.