Heading away from steerage, Mr Monkey passed the large void that used to be the engine room. When the S.S. Great Britain was built, there were four inclined cylinders powering an 18ft 6in diameter flywheel which used four chains to transfer power to a wheel on the propellor shaft. The whole thing could produce 1600 horsepower, using up to 70 tons of coal a day. Mr Monkey decided it would be much better when they install a replica, which should happen later in 2006, as part of Brunel's centenary.
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