Probus trip to see SS Great Britain

PUBLISHED: 09:42 18 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:49 18 May 2015

Members  of Seaton and District Probus Club on their trip to see the SS Great Britain

Members of Seaton and District Probus Club on their trip to see the SS Great Britain

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Seaton club members and their guests take a tour of Brunel’ famous steamship

A guided tour of the SS Great Britain - the former passenger steamship and now a museum - was enjoyed by members of Seaton and District Men’s Probus Club and their guests when they travelled to Bristol.

This wrought-iron vessel was built in 1843 in Bristol, under the supervision of Brunel, Britain’s greatest engineer, for the Great Western Steamship Company.

The club learned the history of this magnificent ship, the epic salvage effort in 1970 to refloat her from the Falklands, where she had been beached and abandoned to the elements and how she had been towed back home across the Atlantic to her birthplace. Following a £11.3m refit, she is now one of world’s most important maritime museums.


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