PS 'Great Western', 1837.
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Model (scale 1:48). This was the first steamer to be constructed specially for the Atlantic Ferry service. The'Great Western' was built of wood at Bristol to the plans of Isambard Kindom Brunel (1806-1859) for the Great Western Steamship Co. From 1838 to 1846 she sailed between Bristol and New York, 64 times in all. Up to a total of 300 pasengers and crew could be accommodated. In 1847 she was sold to the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co Ltd to run between Southampton and the West Indies, and was broken up in 1857. Detail of paddle-wheels and funnels.