The SS Great Western was designed by IK Brunel and built by shipbuilder William Paterson at a shipyard on Wapping Wharf from 1836.
The prospectus of the Great Western Steamship Company of Bristol, stated that the ambition was the ‘establishment of regular lines of steamships between Bristol and those Western Ports to which her geographical position renders her most eligible, the first to be directed towards the United States of America.’
At the time she was the largest steamship in the world and her maiden voyage from Bristol to New York was on 8th April 1838.
Princes Wharf was created in circa 1870 by covering over shipyards including Wapping Dockyard which had been built in 1742.
Prince Street Drawbridge was built in 1809 and replaced in 1878 with a swing bridge.
A grain elevator rises from the top of the warehouse, with grain pipes descending diagonally to the various floors. Prince Street Bridge can be seen to the right of the photograph.