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The Canterbury Association ships.

The Canterbury Association ships.
The Canterbury Association ships.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H5226
Description: The Canterbury Association ships 'Bangalore', 'Dominion', 'Duke of Portland', 'Lady Nugent', 'Midlothian' and 'Canterbury' in the East India Docks. The Canterbury Association had been set up in 1848 to establish an Anglican colony in what is now New Zealand. It was the brainchild of the eccentric Edward Gibbon Wakefield. During 1850-53 the Association's ships carried around 3500 emigrants to Lyttleton. The journey to New Zealand was long and hard with cramped accommodation, poor food and rough weather. Few of the facilities found on modern liners were available to travellers in 1850; even less to the emigrants stowed away in steerage or in third-class accommodation.
Creator: 'Illustrated London News'
Date: 17 May 1851
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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