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  Weekender 2006 / 7  


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- Queen's Official Birthday


- Exams


- Naked Bike Ride


- The SS Great Britain

Welcome to Weekender! This week we go back in time and far out to sea on a huge, iron, passenger ship - the SS Great Britain. Well, almost!

We go to Bristol, in the west of England, to visit this historic ship. When she was launched in 1843, she was the world's first iron-hulled, steam-powered, ocean-going ship!

The SS Great Britain is one of four 'museums' competing for this year's Gulbenkian Prize. The Gulbenkian Prize is the UK's biggest single arts prize - the winner receives £100,000 - and it's awarded annually to a museum for the best new developments.

We look at the language to do with this remarkable boat.

You can download the programme script at the bottom of this page.

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Vocabulary from the programme

dry dock
An enclosed area of water which can be emptied and used for repairing ships.
Example sentence
The great iron passenger ship, the SS Great Britain, was built in a dry dock in 1843.

Saved from damage or destruction.
Example sentence
The ship was raised from the bottom of the sea to be salvaged.

the hull
The body or frame of a ship, most of which goes under water.
Example sentence
The ship's hull was enormous, it went extremely deep into the water.

If metal corrodes, or if something corrodes it, it is slowly damaged by something such as water.
Example sentence
Steel tends to corrode faster in a salty atmosphere, such as by the sea.

dehumidifying devices
Machines which reduce the humidity, the amount of water, in the air.
Example sentence
To prevent the antique art objects from damage, dehumidifying devices were installed at the museum.

initial estimates
The first guesses of what the size, value, amount, cost etc. of something might be.
Example sentence
Our initial estimates put the cost of the building repairs at hundreds of pounds.

If you preserve something, you keep it as it is, especially in order to prevent it from decaying or being damaged or destroyed.
Example sentence
Putting varnish or polish on wood is a good way of preserving it.

the keel
The long piece of wood or steel along the bottom of a boat that forms part of its structure and helps to keep the boat balanced in the water.
Example sentence
The keel of the boat was placed on a stand so that the underneath of the boat could be painted.

Ripples are little waves of water.
Example sentence
As we walked along the beach, the sea was rippling gently at our feet.

the bowels
The bowels of something are the parts that are furthest away from the outside.
Example sentence
The fire started deep down in the bowels of the ship.

Example sentence
We had looked virtually everywhere and still we could not find the missing book.

Related to or developed from.
Example sentence
Humans are descended from ape-like creatures.

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