great ship was the brainchild of the Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel
and was launched or more correctly 'floated' in 1843 - at a ceremony where she
was named 'Great Britain'. From the moment the keel was laid the Great
Britain had a roller-coaster life until it met near disaster close to Cape
Horn, South America's infamous southern tip.
why and how this remarkable ship has been saved and restored in Bristol is told
in a book written by the BBC film team who covered the epic salvage. The account
has been drawn from interviews recorded daily at the time of the salvage, as well
as from personal diaries, the documentary film made in 1969/1970 and a collection
of original photographs.
/ producers: Marion and Tony Morrison
Ray Sutcliffe, FSA*, (left on the picture)
David Elkington-Cole, took the group photo
printed book is 240 x 170 mm with 84 full colour pages and colour front and back
covers. The e-book has one extra page and can be read on desktop computers, tablets,
and other e-devices.
price for all pockets The first edition of the e-bookwill be released in mid
- 2012 for readers worldwide. An extensive preview will be free of charge/
photos - 2 maps - 3 sketches drawn on the spot in 1970 notebooks - many transcripts
from interviews recorded daily. Abundant interactive content in some e-versions.
picture from the Marion and Tony Morrison Collection was taken when the hull,
designed by Scottish born shipbuilder William Patterson was lifted from the sea
in the Falkland Islands-Islas Malvinas on Sunday April 12th 1970
cover is the Great Britain's original bell outside the cookhouse at the Goose
Green settlement East Falkland Islands. The picture was taken in 1969 by Marion
Morrison and used as the cover picture for an Observer Magazine story 'The
Little Bit of Empire at the End of the World' [31-August 1969]. In 1982 Goose
Green was the scene for a major battle between Argentinian and British forces
Marion and Tony were in the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) for the salvage
in 1969 and in 1970. They followed the story to the UK for the triumphant return
to Bristol. Ray directed the BBC Film 'The Great Iron Ship' . The
salvage sequences were filmed by Tony, while Marion was reporting for The Observer
Magazine, the supplement of The Observer newspaper published
David a friend of Tony's since schooldays, was not involved with the salvage.
He is a professional designer and began work in London with a scholarship from
the world famous Kodak. The cover was designed by David's son Rupert, a graduate
of Camberwell College of Art who works in Australia with an international media