When my wife and I did our journey to England with our Landrover in 2015, we did a side trip to Bristol too. We visited the museum ship SS Great Britain in a dehumidified dry dock, and had a look at the exhibition too.
The SS Great Britain, an extraordinary ship
While other ships had been built of iron or equipped with a screw propeller, the SS Great Britain was the first to combine these features in a large ocean-going ship. The Great Britain was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic. She did that in 1845 for the first time, taking 14 days for the journey. When launched in 1843, SS Great Britain was by far the largest vessel afloat.
I have to say, that this was one of the most impressive museum visits I experienced in my life. It is the refreshing mixture appealing to all senses and minds, which makes this attraction so special.
Even if you are not interested in technical stuff, you will learn a lot of interesting things about the dangerous life at sea. There is a ship simulator and a photo booth were you can dress in vintage clothes. The museum also offers a lot of tasks which demand your physical strength. Kids may try to lift the giant propeller of the SS Great Britain for example. There is plenty of historic background information available. But the best experience is the detailed restauration and furnishing of the ship and the harbour.
Walking through the SS Great Britain exploring all the rooms will keep you engaged for quite some time. There is a bunch of secrets to go after. This is definitively a museum which will not bore your family. You will be able to dive into an astonishingly different world for a few hours.
If you are in Bristol someday, don’t miss this! Take your camera with you and don’t forget the kids!
All the following shots were taken with the Fuji X100T, read my short insights about this camera here.
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