SS Great Britain (Paperback)
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The SS Great Britain, designed by Isambard Brunel, was the first ocean-going vessel to be screw-driven and built entirely of iron. When she was launched in 1843 she was twice the size of any previous ship and her revolutionary design heralded a complete break with traditional ship construction. As is the case for many historic ships, however, there is a surprising shortage of informative and well illustrated guides, for reference during a visit or for research by enthusiasts - ship modellers, naval buffs, historians or students. This new series redresses the gap.
Written by experts and containing more than 200 specially commissioned photographs, each title takes the reader on a superbly illustrated tour of the ship, from bow to stern and deck by deck. Significant parts of the vessel – for example, the propeller, steering gear, engine and accommodation – are given detailed coverage both in words and pictures, so that the reader has at hand the most complete visual record and explanation of the ship that exists. In addition, the importance of the ship, both in her own time and now as a museum vessel, is explained, while her design and build, and her career prior to restoration and exhibition are all described.
No other books offer such superb visual impact and detailed information as the Seaforth Historic Ship Series – a truly groundbreaking concept bringing the ships of our past vividly to life.
Is the definitive guide to Brunel’s brilliant creation: the first crew-propelled iron ship, which now lies in the dock in Bristol where she was built. The historical significance of the ship in explained, her design and construction described and a deck-by-deck exploration is included to give a remarkable insight into the experiences of those who travelled on her and worked on her.This England
This book offers an informed and accessible account of the ship’s history and is generously illustrated with views of the reconstructed interiors and historic source material.Shipping- Today & Yesterday, December 2012
It shows that Brunel’s approach to the design of the Great Britain, whilst forward-looking was still within the realms of what was possible with Britain’s growing industrial capabilities.
This is an excellent book on this remarkable ships and I would very highly recommend it to our readers.
This book, part of the Seaforth Historic Ships series, offers a guide to the ship and contains many high-quality photos covering the entire vessel, deck by deck, starting with the hull, as well as a historical introduction which covers her design and construction.Ships Monthly