Sailing Times

Although the sailing times look impressively long, it should be remembered that land transport was very slow and cumbersome and was difficult to transport large loads of any kind. Sailing ships could move large cargoes over impressive distances. It helped if the ships could travel with what were called the 'trade winds' which facilitated faster sailing times. It was not until the advent of steamships in the Nineteenth Century that the travel times began to change significantly.


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by Stephen Luscombe