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SS Great Britain: An Insight into the Design, Construction and Operation of Brunel's Famous Passenger Ship (Owner's Workshop Manual) (Enthusiasts' Manual) Hardcover – 3 May 2012

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857331051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857331052
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Brian Lavery is a Curator Emeritus at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and a renowned expert on the sailing navy. He is widely published and a winner of the prestigious Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award (2007) and the Society for Nautical Research's Anderson Medal (2008). He lives in London.


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One perhaps expects, from Haynes, page after page of detailed mechanical drawings so that one can pretty well build the subject for oneself if so inclined. In the present case, however, at over three hundred feet long one might need a larger shed.

However this book is not like that at all. It is a meticulously detailed, and beautifully and profusely illustrated study of one of the technically most important ships ever built in Britain, covering its history, construction, equipment, engineering, people, navigation and career, written by one of our foremost experts, Brian Lavery of the National Maritime Museum. Complete master of his subject, Lavery manages to explain things clearly for the landlubber while at the same time giving such comprehensive and intimate detail as to enthral anyone who has used the sea.

The SS Great Britain, launched in 1843, was part of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's visionary concept of extending the Great Western Railway to New York. He had already in part succeeded with the wooden-hulled paddle steamer Great Western; now he would build bigger - the largest ship in the world - and in iron, with screw propulsion. Lavery explains all the difficulties and ignorant objections, and takes us through, via several changes of engine and rig, and some unfortunate choices of Master, to the SS Great Britain's eventual successful period on the Australia run on which her passengers included the first ever England cricket XI to tour in Australia. The building of the ship is also part of the story of one of our greatest engineers, ever seeking new challenges and to go where nobody had been before (although often at rather enormous financial cost). Not always for him the tag (Neville Shute's?
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This is a interesting book about theindustrial history of Britian.
A good read.
Well illustrated with detailed lined drawings showing the develope of iron ships.
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My brother asked for this for his birthday (he's 28!) and he was very pleased with it! In the same league as the other Haynes manuals.
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Excellent although it omts mention of the Dundrum Bay navigational disaster.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where history was made . . . 18 Sept. 2012
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Almost as useful as a visit to the Bristol dry dock where she was built more than 150 years ago is this full color guide to all aspects of the groundbreaking "Great Britain." I've been on the ship twice and yet learned many new things with this volume (which also makes a useful guide for your own visit). The amount of work accomplished over some four decades to return a one-time hulk, barely afloat in the Falkland Islands, to the beautifully restored (really reconstructed) attraction anyone can visit is amazing. Most of the workers are volunteers and what they've recreated is something to behold, a proper tribute to the 19th century genius of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. That she is literally in the very same dry dock originally made for her construction in the 1840s is the icing on the cake. Reading this before you see the real thing will help you appreciate even more both the original conception and the stellar restoration that's been accomplished. Of the many books on "Great Britain," this new one is a favorite thanks to its host of diagrams and color photos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read on the Great Britain! 20 Jun. 2012
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The S.S. Great Britain was one of the true pathfinders in ocean liner development. This book provides an overview of her career with good technical info and illustrations that bring the 150+ year story of this magnificent ship right up to the present. Highly recommended for those with an interest in early ocean liner history.
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