The S.S. Great Britain, one of the most important ships ever built, is now at?
The S.S. Great Britain, one of the most important ships ever built, is now at sea, being towed back to Britain. The ship -- built in Bristol 127 years ago -- is perched on a pontoon and is being towed by the salvage tug Varius II.
The S.S. Great Britain was the first propeller-driven ocean-going ship and the first ship of this type to be built of iron. She was designed by Isambered Kingdom Brunel.
After completing the journey from the Falkland Islands to Britain, the ship is to be restored and converted to a nautical museum. The S.S. Great Britain was the most lavish ocean-going liner in the world when she was built in 1843.
The restoration campaign is being headed by Lord Strathcona and naval architect Dr. Ewan Corlett, who travelled from England to Uruguay last month to examine the ship before she set for home. They hope to raise about GBP200,000 sterling to cover costs for the S.S. Great Britain's restoration, expected to be completed in about two years.