This book is the result of some thorough research into the history of what is arguably the most important ship ever built. It is an unusual book which will bring pleasure, not only to modellers and mariners, but also to historians, engineers, admirers of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and enthusiasts of live steam propulsion.
It is also, quite unashamedly, a book for dreamers and for the millions of people who have already made a model ship and would like 'one day' to undertake the building of a large working scale replica.
In no other hobby does history rub shoulders so closely with a basic knowledge of plumbing, electronics, sewing, chemistry, ropemaking, physics, techniques of carving, casting and moulding, and plain old-fashioned whittling of wood.
Through the prodigious use of the camera, the reader has the unique opportunity to peer over the shoulder of the author and see how the model grows from the very beginning, through the many different processes required to bring the ship to completion.
At the same time, the author has been at pains to equate his own struggle with that of the S.S. Great Britain Project, the team who are restoring the prototype to its former glory in the place of its birth in Bristol. The dramatic rescue of the wrecked ship from the Falkland Islands in 1970 has aroused enormous interest throughout the world, and provided irrefutable evidence that the S.S. Great Britain is indeed the great-grandmother of the modern ship.
Hardback copy, published in 1982 in as new condition. A pocket guide to the SS Great Britain - A Walkthrough Guide (32 pages) is also included.