Traveling in the 1880s

The diary of Dr. Chaloner Clay is a collection of writings about life at sea in the 1880s. Although sailing as a passenger was for the wealthy only, it was still not exactly comfortable.

What takes a few hours by plane today might have been a journey of months only 120 years ago. Daily life was filled with boredom. The food was awful and if you got seriously ill, your best bet was praying, since there was no turning back.



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Information sources:

The Diary of Dr.Chaloner Clay: The Diary of the Voyage to Australia on board the Sailing Ship ‘Hesperus’ In The Year 1881.

Photo Credits / Sources:

François Geoffroy Roux [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons