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Sea People

Explore lives of people working above and below decks, as well as those of passengers on board liners. Discover the experiences of migrants who came to and from Britain on ships.
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Life at sea

Discover why some people choose to work at sea: the chance to travel, to get responsible jobs early or the only way they can support themselves?
 Jobs at sea
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Jobs at sea  Jobs at sea

Getting a ship safely across the seas demands many skills. Find out why navigation, crew management, cargo stowing, engineering, communications and hotel skills are vital.
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Travelling by sea

Sea travel has developed from unpredictable voyages under sail to the latest luxury cruise ships and fast ferries. Discover the many ways of travelling by sea.
 Travelling by Sea
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Starting a New Life by Sea  Starting a new life by sea

Many have travelled to or from Britain by sea to escape poverty, persecution or to start a new life. Discover why they set out for a new life and how they travelled.
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Women and the sea

From old superstitions and traditions you might believe women have only recently begun to go to sea. Find out the full story; from female pirates to engineers and round-the-world yachtswomen.

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Magnifing Glass over people  Finding out more about sea people

How to find out more about people who work or travel by sea.
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Running the hotel

Why work at sea?

The early days of women at sea

Why people left Britain

Cruise passengers

Quick quiz
Many migrants travelled in steerage accommodation in ships. How does 'steerage' get its name?
 They had to share the space with steers (male oxen)
Migrants were steered (guided) there by the ship's crew
It was near the ship's steering gear

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