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    chromo-lithograph of the s.s.great britain passenger steamship in service 1845-1886 docked in bristol 21 x 17 framed under glass c1900-20

    Name: SS Great Britain /Chromo-lithograph

    Owner: Great Western Steamship Company
    Builder: William Patterson
    Cost: Projected: £70,000
    Actual: £117,000
    Laid down: July 1839
    Launched: 19 July 1843
    Completed: 1845
    Maiden voyage: 26 July 1845
    In service: 1845–1886

    Homeport: Bristol, England
    General characteristics:
    Type: Passenger steamship
    Displacement: 3,675 tons load draught
    Length: 322 ft (98 m)
    Beam: 50 ft 6 in (15.39 m)
    Draught: 16 ft (4.9 m)[1]
    Installed power: 2 × twin 88-inch (220 cm) cylinder, 6 ft (1.8 m) stroke, 500 hp (370 kW), 18 rpm inclined direct-acting steam engines
    Propulsion: Single screw propeller
    Sail plan: Original: Five schooner-rigged and one square-rigged mast
    After 1853: Three square-rigged masts
    Speed: 10 to 11 knots (19 to 20 km/h; 12 to 13 mph)
    Capacity: 360 passengers, later increased to 730
    1,200 tons of cargo
    Complement: 130 officers and crew (as completed)
    SS Great Britain was an advanced passenger steamship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company's transatlantic service between Bristol and New York. While other ships had previously been built of iron or equipped with a screw propeller, Great Britain was the first to combine these features in a large ocean-going ship. She was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic, which she did in 1845, in the time of 14 days.
    When launched in 1843, Great Britain was by far the largest vessel afloat. However, her protracted construction and high cost had left her owners in a difficult financial position, and they were forced out of business in 1846 after the ship was stranded by a navigational error.
    Sold for salvage and repaired, Great Britain carried thousands of immigrants to Australia until converted to sail in 1881. Three years later, the vessel was retired to the Falkland Islands where she was used as a warehouse, quarantine ship and coal hulk until scuttled in 1937.[2]
    In 1970, Great Britain was returned to the Bristol dry dock where she was first built. Now listed as part of the National Historic Fleet, Core Collection, the vessel is an award-winning visitor attraction and museum ship in Bristol Harbour, with between 150,000–170,000 visitors annually.
    Height: 17 Inches Including Frame
    Width: 21 Inches Including Frame
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    Width (cm):
    53 cm
    Height (cm):
    43 cm
    Price: SOLD

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