Shipwrecks: images and perceptions of nineteenth century maritime disasters

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"In the nineteenth century the long sea voyage across thousands of miles of open ocean to Australia was a step into the unknown. International migration at the time usually involved travel by sea, as it had in previous centuries. Ships were the primary long distance transportation method and the movement of passengers was one of their most important functions. In the popular imagination the ocean represented hazard and uncertainty - an alien environment in which the possibility of shipwreck loomed large. Passengers felt themselves to be at the mercy of the elements and being directly exposed to the extremes of the weather in a moving structure was a new and disconcerting experience."
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDisasters
Subtitle of host publicationimage and context
EditorsPeter Hinton
Place of PublicationSydney, NSW
PublisherSydney Studies
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)0949405051
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSociety and culture
PublisherSydney Studies
ISSN (Print)0812-6402


  • Maritime history
  • Maritime disasters
  • Migration
  • Shipwrecks
  • History -- 19th century


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