Yesterday morning we went to see Brunel’s first steel ocean liner, the SS Great Britain, built in 1843. Luckily, we were moored almost directly opposite, with a cross harbour ferry right on the doorstep, so it couldn’t have been better for Rog, who is still having trouble walking very far.
Rog having a play with the wheel in the museum
The promenade deck
One of the few first Class toilets on board
First Class bathroom
A working replica of the Matthew in which John Cabot crossed the Atlantic and bumped into Newfoundland in 1497
From the deck of the SS Great Britain, with the Matthew in the foreground, and Windsong and Serenity in the background.
Keith and Diane, who’s boat ‘Fruit of the Vine (Beacon’s No 11) is just about ready for launch, live in Bristol and came to say hello yesterday afternoon – hope the launch goes well, and we expect to see loads of launch photos very soon.
This morning we said a sad goodbye to Bristol, and began our return journey – we are now moored on another floating pontoon just past Lock No 1, and have checked out the pub! They serve Thatchers Gold Cider slush – bit like an alcoholic Slush Puppy! A West Country treat not to be missed, and they were certainly doing a roaring trade, just the thing for a sweltering day.