Story: The voyage out

Comfort in the cabins

Comfort in the cabins

On sailing ships steerage passengers had slept on tiers of bunks in a large common area, where curtains and partitions afforded little privacy. By the years before the First World War, passengers on steamers slept in cabins, some with as many as six or eight bunks, but all equipped with electric light and washing facilities.

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John Wilson, 'The voyage out - Early steamers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/2644/comfort-in-the-cabins (accessed 26 September 2020)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005