SS Great Western

thing and steamship

Died aged c. 19

SS Great Western of 1838, was a wooden-hulled paddle-wheel steamship with sails the first steamship purpose-built for crossing the Atlantic, and the initial unit of the Great Western Steamship Company. She was the largest passenger ship in the world from 1837 to 1839, which was then passed by the SS British Queen. Designed by British civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Great Western proved satisfactory in service and was the model for all successful wooden Atlantic paddle-steamers. She was capable of making record Blue Riband voyages as late as 1843. Great Western worked to New York for 8 years until her owners went out of business. She was sold to the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company and was scrapped in 1856 after serving as a troop ship during the Crimean War.

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S.S. "Great Western" (Designed by I. K. Brunel) The first steamship built for & engaged in regular transatlantic trade was launched near this spot on the 19th of July 1837. Length 236 feet, beem 35 feet. First voyage Bristol to New York 8th to 23rd April 1838.

M Shed - Princes Wharf, Bristol, United Kingdom where it was launched near this spot (1837) and first voyage Bristol to New York (1838)