Whilst outside the normal coverage area of the blog a visit to Bristol had to include a visit to the docks to the SS Great Britain.
She is now a museum ship and is located in the dry-dock where she was originally built and given that she was laid down in 1839 she is in remarkably good shape.
Visitors are able to go down into the dry-dock (an impressive feat of engineering in it’s own right) and can see the hull construction and propeller.
Visitors can also go onboard and see various spaces that have been set to depict what life was like on board!
All in all a very impressive museum and well worth putting aside several hours for a visit to see such an innovative ship.
Whilst on board the SS Great Britain the Steam Tug Mayflower was noted on one of it’s regular pleasure trips around Bristol harbour – the ST Mayflower is believed to be the oldest surviving tug in the world.