Ships Of The Line

Baby Boomer Migrant Ships

Commencing with the First fleet in 1788, there was a steady stream of ships bringing migrants predominantly from Europe to Australia until the 1970s, the flow of which was interrupted only by the two world wars. By the 1970s, the Boeing 747 aircraft or Jumbo Jet as it was affectionately known, had so revolutionised intercontinental travel, much of the travelling public had abandoned ocean liners for any kind of travel except recreational cruising. The Australian Government, which was still subsidising most fares of migrants coming to Australia, had been the shipping lines' biggest customer. But when airfares became cheaper than sea travel, it began bringing migrants to Australia by air. As its charter contracts with the shipping companies expired, they were not being renewed.

In this chapter, we take a nostalic look at the ocean liners that brought thousands of Baby Boomer migrants and their families from post World War II Europe to a new life in Australia.

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Bass Strait Ferries

Empress of Australia

The first car ferry linking Tasmania and the mainland was the Taroona, of 4,286 tons, which arrived in Melbourne in March 1935 to begin the Bass Strait service. She was a steam turbine ship capable of 18 knots, but typically operated at 16 knots for better fuel economy. Taroona entered service in 1935 on the Bass Strait route from Melbourne to Bell Bay and Beauty Point from Melbourne to Devonport and Burnie.

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Great Sailing Ships of the Past

Ships have been an essential constituent of human history for a long. Maritime history has provided us with many historic vessels, from hollowed-out logs to Roman Triremes, wind-driven ships to nuclear-powered supercarriers that have changed the course of time. Their participation in both military and civilian services has inevitably made them constitute an undiminished entirety in the history of ships. Still, not all of these have been able to have left a lasting impact for centuries and secured a permanent place in the list of famous ships in history.

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The Era of the Ocean Liner

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Queen Mary on display, Long Beach, California

Once the pride of nations, great ocean liners were the only way to travel the globe. From speed to opulence, size and power, these were monuments to innovation. Ocean liners were the primary mode of intercontinental travel for over a century, from the mid-19th century until they began to be supplanted by airliners in the 1950s. In addition to passengers, liners carried mail and cargo. Ships contracted to carry British Royal Mail used the designation RMS. Liners were also the preferred way to move gold and other high-value cargoes.

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Ocean Liners That Might Have Been

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