ss Great Britain trip – Class 4 by Fletcher

 

After our trip, class 4 wrote a recount of their trip. This is Fletcher’s work.

 

On Tuesday 19th November, class 4 of Hartpury Primary School visited the S.S Great Britain located in Bristol. This trip was taken to learn more about our main subject, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

When we got there, we were taken to a room to discover the opinion of passengers boarding the trip. We also investigated who they were on the ship and there were people such as a dentist, Crimean war soldier’s wife and normal first class passengers.

Next we visited the first class cabins. We expected them to be big, huge even. However five people of middle age had to fit in the space about the size of a child’s bedroom! A worker in first class was so seasick that she was sick everyday she got up. Also she had hardly any room to relax after being sick. There was hardly any work done in first class due to this.

The third class was even smaller, and also had a higher population. There was hardly any space to move your little finger. (Not really, I was just telling you how miniscule it was.)

Then we went to see where the third class ate. There were a few moans of ‘It smells.’ I say a few. Nearly everybody did (even the teachers!) I have to admit, it did stink. We discovered only four people could eat at a time. They cleared their mess, washed up and then the next person could eat. Many members of my class thought this was rather unfair on the people who were last to eat.

Finally we went underneath the ship. How fascinating it was to visualise the ship from beneath the surface! Also, if you looked up, you could see what it looked like seeing up from underwater. You had to walk right around the ship to spot anything fascinating because it was likely to be on the other side! The ship was a different colour underneath, or maybe that was an effect coming from the water.

The SS Great Britain was one of the best trips I have ever been on. It was amazing to see a Victorian ship, especially the biggest ship of the Victorian era.

Eating lunch with a fine view.

Eating lunch with a fine view.

Underwater!

Underwater!