Friday, 11 May 2012

Baltic Wharf Caravan Club Site, Bristol, continued

Thursday, and still, it is raining.

No chance of doing anything "outside" and we are both heartily sick of staying in the van. 

We visit the SS Great Britain, just a few minutes walk along the waterfront.

Another Brunel marvel.

The story of how it was brought back from the Falkland Islands is amost as amazing as the story of how it was built. It was towed all of the way from the Falkland Islands, on a barge.

It is preserved in the drydock, in which it was built, over 100 years ago.
As you can see from the photograph, you can go down into the drydock, and walk around the hull of the ship.

The interior of the ship has been restored, to a large degree to its original state.

The restoration is perhaps too good in places, the kitchen area includes the smells of stored food (without refridgeration of course), mixred with the smell of cooking etc etc.

The cabins (particularly in "steerage, the cheapest section) are a stark reminder of how much bigger people are these days, than they were in the 1800's.

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