The ss Great Britain was immediately successful - on her maiden voyage across
the Atlantic she smashed the previous speed record with a crossing of 15-days.
Although effectively a prototype, she continued sailing until 1886, and
travelled thirty-two times around the world and nearly one million miles at sea.
She was finally abandoned in the Falkland Islands, in 1937, after more than 40
years use as a floating warehouse. In 1970 an ambitious salvage effort brought
her home to Bristol, where today she is conserved in the dry dock where she was
Ship and the Listed Grade II dockyard together are now under active
consideration as part of the Great Western 'UNESCO World Heritage Site'.
There is a pay and display car park next to Brunel's ss Great Britain,
alternatively visitors can travel by train, harbour ferry, bike or bus.