SS Great Britain, Bristol discussion
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SS Great Britain, Bristol
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.
Bristol "navy museum"
Near by this splendid old vessel is the tiny caravel "Matthew of Bristol", an exact replica of 1497 John Cabot's ship.
Bristol City Docks
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.