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Last week, I shared photos from the water and water front in Bristol and explained the phrase “ship-shape and Bristol fashion.” This week, the photos are from our main reason for visiting Bristol — the SS Great Britain, engineered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel with ground-breaking innovations when it was launched in 1843.
The ship is in dry dock, but there’s a transparent surface covered with water. From the top, that gives the illusion that the boat is floating. From underneath, well, it’s like being in a magical watery world.
Brunel built the Great Western Railway from London to the western shore of England. He thought of his steam ships as a continuation of the railway — a method to transport people and goods all the way to America.
The SS Great Britain was a great place to learn a lot of world history. The ship operated in a variety of capacities from 1843 to 1937 and traveled around the world 32 times. I love how museums like this, featuring one thing, still manage to tell such a big story of the world.
More photos from Bristol on my Flickr photostream.