If you don't visit any other attraction in Bristol, you must see this one - amazing!
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Under the water - what on
earth water is that - find out soon
This iron caisson keeps the water from the harbour out of the dry dock
SS Gt Britain's hull
corrosion on the hull
In 1937 SS Gt Britain was scuttled off the Falkland Islands and for 33 years was used the islanders as a wool warehouse - it was accessed at high tide via a cut-away at deck level which eventually split the ship's hull (2" at the bottom and 18" at the top) and these plates were bolted in place to enable the ship to be raised off the sea bed and brought back to Bristol
Officers travelling on the SS Gt Britain (1855) would have been allocated First Class accommodation
The Promenade Saloon - first class passenger cabins line the sides - each cabin has two bunks and a wash basin
The Heads (ships toilet) and one of the few bathrooms
First Class Dining Saloon
Mulligatawny Soup to start followed by Roasted Veal - all from a couple of tins!
the cheapest accommodation on board
Steerage passengers had to live close to their neighbours - it would have been hot, noisy, and smelly and people would 'fall-out' regularly
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The ships engine was not working on the day I visited - the engineer standing there looks rather small in relation to the large cogs
Stoking the ships engines must have been a hard, hot task
In the Hold - the 57th Regiment of Foot 1855 kept their horses, stores and equipment
To me this is quite wondrous - showing how everything and everyone had space in the ship
I do love this sort of picture. The guide book on sale is well worth buying.