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This is a second-hand hardcover book

Condition: The dust jacket has light fading, surface rubbing, 2 short tears and heavy wear to the top edge. There is age spotting and browning to the inside of the front and back cover, to the first and last 2 pages, and to then edges of the compressed pages. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 191 x 250 mm
Pages: 235
Publisher: A.H & A.W. Reed
Publication date: 1984 condensed & edited edition


White Wings
By Henry Brett

Immigrant ships to New Zealand 1840-1902

When the young Scottish immigrant boarded a sailing ship bound for Auckland in 1842 his mind was set on the new life awaiting him in the young colony of New Zealand. But first he had to make the passage, 116 days from port to port. Measles and dysentery took their toll, especially among the children. The passengers fought amongst themselves.

In most respects the Scot was lucky. Disease and mutinous crews were not uncommon, but neither was shipwreck. Major storms, fires, collisions with icebergs or other vessels, un-seaworthy craft and drunken captains meant that many thousands of would-be settlers never reached their chosen country.

More than a thousand ships brought immigrants to New Zealand last century. This book tells the story of 113 of them: the founding settler ships, the fastest and slowest voyages, the tragedies, triumphs and adventures of those who trusted their lives to the white wings of the sea.


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