Launched at Bristol on July 19th 1843, The SS Great Britain was the first Victorian, ocean going ship to be driven with a screw propeller. Not only the largest ship afloat at this time, she was also constructed of iron. This luxury liner was built to serve the growing transatlantic passenger trade as part of Brunel's London to New York transport network along with The Great Western Railway. She was launched in the presence of Prince Albert. The SS Great Britain undertook her first maiden voyage across the Atlantic on July 26th 1845. Fittingly, this beautiful ship now sits in the Great Western Dockyard at Bristol, the very dry dock from which she was launched in 1843. Years of painstaking restoration have restored her to her formal glory. Today, it is possible to take part in a guided tour of the ship or to experience the ship's magnificent banqueting suite which offers first class dining facilities in the splendour of its gilded dining saloon.
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