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Bristol

April 25, 2015

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The rowboat in the foreground is the Mardyke Ferry ferrying several people across the canal. The harbour was much more busy that day than it was the day I took my photo. Paddle steamers abound, many likely used for pleasure cruises out into the Bristol Channel. If you look carefully you can see a remarkable number of the buildings on the hill have remained in place over the decades.

Ancient Port

During the Middle Ages the picturesque town of Bristol was the third largest in the entire British Isles. In these distant centuries, during the Viking and Saxon Era, the town was an inland port that thrived on the trade of wool, fish and slaves captured in Wales and the north of England.

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The small "Severn Traveller" slides down the slipway at the Albion Shipyards. These shipyards focussed mostly on smaller ships that would ply the waterways around Bristol. Today the shipyards have been supplanted by the Bristol Marina.

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On May 23 1917, the SS Chicago City was struck by a torpedo from a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland. Despite the dramatic damage to the ship, her crew were able to keep the ship afloat and she limped into Bristol port, a dramatic feat of seamanship. Here she is in Albion Dock for repairs, men gazing through the unbelievably large hole the torpedo left in her hull.

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The cathedral dominates the skyline from this shot taken at the intersection of Narrow Quay and the Grove. The canal is filled with shipping including a steamer and a collier.

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The ship "Marquis of Lorne" noses through a channel towards the swing bridge on its way out of the Floating Harbour. The dock cottages on the left have remained unchanged.

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Crowds have gathered to watch the launch of the merchantman Lorentz W Hansen at Albion Shipyards. Today this is the Bristol Marina.

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An engraving of Bristol Cathedral whose construction extended between the 13th Century and the 19th.

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Children pose in front of the famous bronze statue of King William III in Queen Square. It was erected in 1736 and to this day is considered one of the best examples of equestrian statuary in Britain.

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