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Last Updated: Saturday, 16 July, 2005, 09:43 GMT 10:43 UK
Ship restoration work completed
SS Great Britain
The Victorian ship was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel
After 35-years, an 11m conservation programme on Brunel's iconic steamship, the ss Great Britain, is complete.

When the ship returned to Bristol in 1970, she was an iron hulk. Now she sits in a Grade-II listed dry dock next to a new museum charting her history.

At her launch in 1843 the vessel was the world's first iron-hulled, steam- powered ocean going ship.

Now she appears to float on a glass sea which seals the ship's hull and prevents it from rusting.

Project Director Richard Baster said: "Its been a technical challenge because it has to work but it also has to display the ship correctly.

We've put some high-class engineering into the project."

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