The S S Great Britain, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was launched in Bristol on 19 July 1843. Built to serve the growing transatlantic passenger trade between England and the United States, she was the first propeller driven, ocean going, iron wrought ship in the world and was unique at the time in terms of construction and size. She was salvaged and returned from the Falkland Islands to Bristol in 1970, where she has been restored to her former glory and is moored in the Great Western Dry Dock, where she was built.

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