The Great Western Dockyard in Bristol is home to two remarkable vessels available as unique locations to filmmakers.
The Matthew is a working replica of the ship built with the patronage of Henry VIII and the wealthy merchants of Bristol in the 15th Century. The Italian navigator Giovanni Caboto sailed her across the Atlantic in search of riches and discovered Newfoundland in 1497. This historic journey was re-enacted by the replica in 1997. Extensive research was undertaken in order to build a vessel as close as possible to the original three masted square-rigged caravel of the 15th Century.
She is the perfect location for any filmmaker looking for a seaworthy vessel for this period.
The SS Great Britain was designed by the one of the greatest Victorian engineers, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and was the largest ship of her day and the first sizeable ship to be constructed of iron and driven by a propeller. She was the forerunner to all modern ships and the first of the great luxury ocean liners. She played an important role in the development of the Australian nation having carried over 15,000 emigrants to her shores. SS Great Britain returned to the Great Western Dock where she was built in 1970 and a programme of conservation is restoring both her exterior and interior to reflect her fascinating and varied history.
Great Western Dockyard ¤ Gas Ferry Road ¤ Bristol BS1 6TY ¤ UK
Info Tel: +44 (0) 117 929 1843 ¤ Enquiries Tel: +44 (0) 117 926 0680