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The Empire Windrush.

The Empire Windrush.
The Empire Windrush.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: P29232
Description: The 'Empire Windrush'. In June 1948 she brought 492 Jamaican immigrants to Tilbury. They were the first of the many Caribbean immigrants seeking to start a new life in Britain. Although few immigrants came through Tilbury, the 'Empire Windrush' has come to symbolise post-war immigration from the Commonwealth. The 'Empire Windrush' had originally been the 'Monte Rosa' (1930, 14,651 GRT) of the Hamburg - South America Line. Used as a troopship during World War II, she was seized by the British in 1945. In March 1954 she sank off Algeria after an explosion in her engine room.
Creator: Unknown
Date: 20th Century
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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