Voyages of the Great Britain: Life at Sea in the World's First Liner

By: Nicholas Fogg

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Built of iron, powered by steam and driven by the screw propeller, Brunel's Great Britain was a radically new type of ship when she first sailed in 1845. Designed to carry passengers in unprecedented comfort, and powerful enough to keep to pre-arranged schedules, she was the prototype of the modern liner. Although, like many of Brunel's projects, she was unsuccessful in her intended role as that of a North Atlantic packet ship, Great Britain enjoyed a long and highly successful career once switched to the Australia run. During more than thirty years the ship carried thousands of passengers, many of them emigrants seeking a new life 'Down Under'. At times of national crisis the ship was also pressed into service as a trooper. For the majority, whether emigrant or soldier, sea travel was a novel and exotic experience, and a surprising number of Great Britain's voyagers recorded their impressions in letters home or journals passed on to their descendants. Every aspect of this curious world was found worthy of comment, from the food - including the livestock shipped to provide fresh meat and milk - to the onboard entertainment, not to mention the dubious and eccentric characters encountered. From this rich variety, Nick Fogg has fashioned a vivid depiction of shipboard life at a crossroad in history when the miseries of passaging under sail were giving way to the modern comforts that travelers now take for granted.

Title: Voyages of the Great Britain: Life at Sea in the World's First Liner

Author: Nicholas Fogg

Illustrator: Reg. Price: $18.95

Categories: Sea, Great Britain, Reading by the Fireplace,

Publisher: Chatham Publishing: 2004

ISBN Number: 1861762356

ISBN Number 13: 9781861762351

Binding: paperback

Book Details: 200 pages, 6 x 9, 16 illustrations, paperback, Chatham Publishing

Seller ID: 762356

Description: Vivid eyewitness testimonies
Unusual illustrations of shipboard life
Well-known ship, now preserved in Bristol, UK
Sea travel in the nineteenth century as reported in the letters, journals, and memoirs of passengers on the world's first liner, Brunel's Great Britain, a ship with a lengthy career as transatlantic mail steamer, troopship, and Australian emigrant carrier. For the majority of passengers, whether emigrant or soldier, sea travel was a novel and exotic experience, and a surprising number of Great Britain's voyagers recorded their impressions in letters home or journals. Every aspect of this curious world was found worthy of comment, from the food--including the livestock shipped to provide fresh meat and milk--to the onboard entertainment, not to mention the dubious, colorful, and eccentric characters encountered. From this rich variety, the author has fashioned a vivid depiction of shipboard life at a crossroad in history.

About Author
Nicholas Fogg has enjoyed a varied career in education, journalism, and the arts. He has written for a number of national newspapers and is the author of four previous books.