View Full Version : SS Great Britain, Bristol discussion

12-07-2005, 11:17 AM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/dlfile12448/SS-Great-Britain,-Bristol.htm>SS Great Britain, Bristol</a></b><br><br>Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and others for the Great Western Steamship Company, the SS Great Britain was the first ocean-going ship to have an iron hull and a screw propeller. When launched in 1843 she was the largest vessel afloat.<br><br><img src=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/images/new/080505/361754SSGB.jpg>

12-07-2005, 11:20 AM

Near by this splendid old vessel is the tiny caravel "Matthew of Bristol", an exact replica of 1497 John Cabot's ship.


02-10-2006, 01:43 PM
Actually the replica Matthew is based on an "educated guess" as to what Cabot's ship may have looked like. There was/is a certain amount of controversy over some features such as the square sail and the sharply rounded transom, a feature that would have been possible in the 15th century.

Attached is a file of placemarks for Bristol Docks, including many historic features and some boats.