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Briefly about the The English Channel:

From London, the ships’ first voyages were down the River Thames. It was about 65 kilometres from London Docks to the Nore Light where the Thames meets the sea. Some ships were towed by steamers. Others sailed and, in the narrow river, they depended on finding the right winds. It was hard and tedious work and many captains left their first mates to take their ships down river. They chose instead to stay in London to complete business and travelled by road to meet the ships on the coast.

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Week 05 – the Cygnet sets sail

After four weeks at sea the poor passengers on the John Pirie and the Duke of York had barely left sight of land. But the capricious spring weather had not finished with them yet, as both vessels continued to battle gale force winds and high seas. The animals on board the John Pirie suffered greatly, and many of the [...]

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