s 'Great Britain', 1843.
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Aquatint by H Papprill after Joseph Walter (1783-1856). The 'Great Britain' was the first iron-built screw-propelled vesel to cros the Atlantic. She sailed from Liverpool to New York in 1845, in 14 days 21 hours. She was completed in Bristol in 1843 for the Great Western Steamship Company to the plans of Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859), with accommodation for about 360 pasengers, but ran ashore in September 1846. She was employed in the Australian trade from 1852, and then had her engines removed and was converted into a sailing vesel in 1882. Her seagoing life ended in the Falkland Islands in 1886. In 1970 she was brought back to the dock in which she was built, for preservation. Published by Ackermann & Co, 1846.