A programme to commemorate the first steamship engaged in regular transatlantic crossings, and the hundredth anniversary of her first sailing from Bristol
Devised by Peter Stucley
The cast includes
V. C. Clinton-Baddeley , Gordon Boyd , Winifred Barnes , John F. Claffey , Hedley Goodall , George Holloway , Wendy Harthan , Michael Holloway , Dorothy Holloway , Bernard Fishwick , Barry Kendall , Roger Ramsdell , Cyril Roberts ,
Joan Tuckett , Doris I. Morgan and Shanties by members of the Bristol Shiplovers* Society
Produced by Francis Dillon
The Haven Master, Port of Bristol, will introduce the programme
The S.S. Great Western left Bristol on April 8, 1838, with seven passengers on board, and reached New York fifteen days later-the first steamship specially built to voyage from an English port to America.
Listeners will hear something of the departure from Bristol, the actual crossing, the arrival in New York with the celebrations attending it, and the triumphant return to Bristol.
Readings from 'Barchester Towers'
Read by V.C. Clinton-Baddeley
The first of a series of readings which V.C. Clinton-Baddeley has selected from the greatest of the Barsetshire novels