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Old June 21st, 2009, 03:45 PM   #1
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Sailing from Australia to England?


Hi there, I've just got a quick question I was hoping to get some help with- how long do you think it would have taken a ship to sail from Australia to England in, roughly, the 1860s?

I already did a search of the site, but couldn't find what I was looking for. Hopefully, I wasn't just missing something obvious.

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Depends greately on the speed and design of the ship, cargo too. In 1883 the Cutty Sark did it in 67 days but that was a grand prix racer of the day.
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@ 8 months - weather permitting - and you don't go down with the ship

Suggestion: for the time period you are looking at, do a search for "convicts", "australia" "first fleet" (even though this would be much earlier, it will still help with the information).
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@ 8 months - weather permitting - and you don't go down with the ship

Suggestion: for the time period you are looking at, do a search for "convicts", "australia" "first fleet" (even though this would be much earlier, it will still help with the information).
Taking into account that the Ships of the First Fleet were laden with prisoners and stopped regularly to resupply
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Singing: " ... I just spent six months in a leaky boat .... lucky just to be afloat ..... la la la la laa la la la la laaa la la la la laaaa ..."
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Hopefully, I wasn't just missing something obvious.

Thanks!

This is from Wickipedia
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This route ran from England down the east
Atlantic_Ocean Atlantic_Ocean
to the
Equator Equator
, crossing at about the position of
Saint_Peter_and_Paul_Rocks Saint_Peter_and_Paul_Rocks
, around
20th_meridian_west 20th_meridian_west
. A good sailing time for the 3,275 miles (5,271 km) to this point would have been around 21 days; however, an unlucky ship could spend an additional three weeks crossing the
Intertropical_Convergence_Zone Intertropical_Convergence_Zone
.[2]
The route then ran south through the western South Atlantic, following the natural circulation of winds and currents, passing close to
Trindade_and_Martim_Vaz Trindade_and_Martim_Vaz
, then curving south-east past
Tristan_da_Cunha Tristan_da_Cunha
.[3][4] The route crossed the
Prime_Meridian Prime_Meridian
at about
40th_parallel_south 40th_parallel_south
, taking the clippers into the
Roaring_Forties Roaring_Forties
after about 6,500 miles (10,500 km) sailed from
Plymouth Plymouth
. A good time for this run would have been about 43 days.[5]
Once into the forties, a ship was also inside the ice zone, the area of the Southern Ocean where there was a significant chance of encountering
Iceberg Iceberg
. Safety would dictate keeping to the north edge of this zone, roughly along the parallel of
40th_parallel_south 40th_parallel_south
; however, the
Great_circle Great_circle
route from the
Cape_of_Good_Hope Cape_of_Good_Hope
to Australia, curving down to
60th_parallel_south 60th_parallel_south
, is 1,000 miles (1,600 km) shorter, and would also offer the strongest winds. Ship's masters would therefore go as far south as they dared, weighing the risk of ice against a fast passage.[6]
The clipper ships bound for Australia and New Zealand would call at a variety of ports. A ship sailing from Plymouth to
Sydney Sydney
, for example, would cover around 13,750 miles (22,130 km); a fast time for this passage would be around 100 days.[7]
Cutty_Sark Cutty_Sark
made the fastest passage on this route by a clipper, in 72 days.[8] Thermopylae made the slightly shorter passage from London to
Melbourne Melbourne
, 13,150 miles (21,160 km), in just 61 days in 1868-69.[9]
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