Before Titanic, there was the SS Great Britain, a ship so vastly ambitious that some called it “the greatest experiment since Creation”. The illustrious engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel had a vision and it was his pioneering ambition that changed the shape of shipping and created a ship that was not only enormous, but also featured the unique combination of having an iron hull and propelled by a steam engine.
Unlike its famously tragic successor, it made it the whole way across the Atlantic and to even further flung destinations besides. The SS Great Britain made history when she became the first iron steamship to cross the Atlantic, making it from Liverpool to New York in 14 days. These days, she sits in dry dock in Bristol, offering visitors a glimpse back into her storied past.