Sabe visited the SS Great Britain at her dry-dock in Bristol, alongside the University of Bristol as a part of a collaborative volunteer project.

The ship was designed and built in the early part of the 1800s and was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 1845. Following decades of service, the ship was found damaged beyond economic repair at Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands after a fire on board. A major recovery and restoration operation was organised in the 1970s, with the ship re-floated and brought back to her birthplace in Bristol and into dry-dock.

An extensive survey in 1998 discovered that the hull was continuing to corrode in the humid atmosphere and various measures were put in place to mitigate this process. The study’s objective is to evaluate the performance of a dry air circulation system that aims to minimise the relative humidity alongside the hull.

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