After a successful journey across the Atlantic Ocean, the ss Great Britain was taken off her pontoon, re-floated and towed up the River Avon and under the Clifton Suspension Bridge 46 years ago, on 5 July 1970. This event drew a crowd of approximately 100,000 people, excited to see Brunel’s great ship return to Bristol.
This was the first time that Brunel’s ship had ever passed under the Clifton Suspension Bridge, also designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The ss Great Britain left Bristol nearly 20 years before this iconic bridge was completed in 1864.
Photograph held at the ss Great Britain Trust, donated by Richard Goold-Adams.
Simple and silent but powerfully moving #Somme100 tribute on board the ss Great Britain in Bristol today #wearehere
On this day 152 years ago the Clifton Suspension Bridge opened to the public.
Brunel's iconic bridge has become part of Bristol's identity and the ss Great Britain passed underneath upon her return home to the city.