Category:Great Britain (ship, 1843)

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  • Built by: Great Western SS Co., Bristol United Kingdom
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  • Keel laid:
  • Launch date: 19.07.1843
  • Date of completion: 1843
  • Length over all: 88 m
  • LPP: m
  • Beam: 15.2 m
  • Draught: m
  • GRT: 3,270
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  • Main engine: Steam, single screw
  • Speed: 9 kn
  • Passenger accommodation for 360-1st class only.


  • 1843 Named: GREAT BRITAIN for Great Western SS Co., Bristol Flag: United Kingdom
  • 26.07.1845 Sailed from Liverpool on her maiden voyage to New York on (arr.10 August, dep. 30 August).
  • 15.09.1845 Arrived back at Liverpool
  • 1846 Fitted with bilge keels to minimise rolling, her six-bladed propellors replaced by four-bladed ones and her masts reduced to five.
  • 09.05.1846 Left Liverpool for New York.
  • 22.09.1846 Grounded in Dundrum Bay, Co Down, Ireland
  • 08.1847 Salvaged and towed to Liverpool.
  • 12.1850 Sold to Gibbs, Bright & Co., reconditioned, fitted with new engines, two funnels athwartships, four masts and accommodation for 50-1st and 680-3rd class passengers.
  • 01.05.1852 Left Liverpool for a single round voyage to New York
  • 18.08.1852 Commenced sailings between Liverpool and Australia.
  • 28.07.1858 Another single Liverpool - New York sailing
  • 02.1876 Laid up at Birkenhead at the conclusion of her 32nd round voyage to Australia.
  • 1882 Sold, engines removed and converted to a three masted sailing ship.
  • 1886 Became a coal and wool hulk in the Falkland Islands
  • 1937 Beached at Sparrow Cove
  • 1970 Refloated, placed on floating pontoons and towed to Bristol. Completely restored and is open to the public.
SS Great Britain 
museum ship and former passenger steamship
Instance of maritime museum,
Location Bristol, United Kingdom
Owned by
  • Great Western Steamship Company
  • William Patterson Shipbuilders
  • 4.9 metre
  • 98.15 metre
official website
Authority control
VIAF ID: 221072450
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