Story: Shipping

Blue Jacket flying before the wind

Blue Jacket flying before the wind

In 1852 Captain James Forbes tested a new theory about sailing routes from Europe, making a round trip to Australia in less time than some one-way voyages. From then on most immigrants to New Zealand and Australia took the rough, cold southern route, often passing icebergs as the Blue Jacket did in 1855.

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Gavin McLean, 'Shipping - Immigrant ships', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Jan 2016