Challenging the Atlantic: Brunel's first steamship, The Great Western

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Date: 07 December 2017
Venue: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN
Time: 18:00 - 19:30

UWE Bristol Regional History Centre and M Shed Seminar Programme 2017-18; in partnership with M Shed, the Regional History Centre, runs a monthly evening research seminar in the Learning Studio at M Shed, Bristol. All the seminars are held on a Thursday, start at 18:00 and are free to attend.

About the event

Challenging the Atlantic: Brunel's First Steamship, The Great Western - Helen Doe

The Great Western is the least known of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's three ships. Launched in 1837 from Bristol, it was his first great success, confounding the critics to be the fastest ship to steam continuously across the Atlantic, and beginning the era of luxury transatlantic liners. It was a bold venture by Brunel and his Bristol colleagues, who were testing the limits of known technology.

In this talk, Helen Doe looks at life on board this important wooden paddle steamer and considers its influence and legacy. Her latest book, The First Atlantic Liner: Brunel's Great Western Steamship, was published by Amberley in 2017.

Dr Helen Doe is a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter.

How to attend

There is no registration required for this event. Read about past and recorded Regional History Centre seminars.

Cost: Free
Contact: Professor Steve Poole

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