A definition of bravery and the saying to follow in the footsteps of giants.
The sea journey to New Zealand from Europe in the mid 19th century and one of the longest journey’s of migration in human history.
- 100 days in a wooden boat propelled by canvas sheets tied up with rope
- covering a distance of 20,000 km (12,500 miles) over oceans and seas
- encountering anything from sub-arctic storms with waves of over 5m (16 ft), to being becalmed in the doldrums for weeks; to 15m (49 ft) whales and icebergs.
- sharing a tiny space of only 1.8m headroom with 200 others; as well as livestock, rats and cockroaches.
- never washing, apart from the occasional flooding by sea water as waves break over the bow
- eating only salted and preserved meat, ship’s biscuits of flour, oatmeal and dried potatoes washed down with a little stale water.
It makes the 24 hour travelling time to NZ now a dream but celebrate your bravery anyway with a quality 100% cotton East 180 tee from NZL store.