SS Great Britain

A painting of the launch of SS Great Britain, by Joseph Walter
A painting of the launch of SS Great Britain, by Joseph Walter

Historical Context

Designed by Britain's greatest industrial engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the SS Great Britain was launched in 1843 as the first iron ship to service a transatlantic route.

When built the SS Great Britain was the largest and the longest passenger ship at 322 ft (98m) in service. She had both masts for sail and a 2 cylinder engine. She was launched from the Bristol dry dock and it is there she returned 127 years later in 1970, where she has been restored and turned into a museum.

Painting Info


Artist: Joseph Walter
Location painted: Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Source: SS Great Britain

Related Events

  • 1843-07-19 The steamship SS Great Britain is launched, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull or screw propeller and the largest vessel afloat in the world

Related Famous People

Historical Paintings