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Stern of the ship

Brunel's ss Great Britain is one of the most important historic ships in the world. When she was launched in 1843 she was called 'the greatest experiment since the Creation'.

By combining size, power and innovative technology, Brunel created a ship that changed history. His vision for the ss Great Britain made her the great-great-grandmother for all modern ships.

Journey through the life and times of the ss Great Britain

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A daring rescue attempt and triumphant return

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Meet the man behind the world's first great luxury liner

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Just what did happen to Captain Gray?

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Real diaries and letters describe life onboard

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The idea behind Brunel's innovative design

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Life aloft for the ss Great Britain's crew

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How the lethal elements are kept at bay

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