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A gallery of historic images of The Empire Windrush setting sail for the UK
Posted: 22/06/2013 09:30 AM

ON MAY 27, 1948, the Empire Windrush sailed from Jamaica for Trinidad before setting its sights on England, the colonial ‘motherland.’

Almost a month later, on June 22, the former troop-carrying steamship made its way up the Thames and docked at Tilbury in London.

Four hundred and ninety-two official passengers (and several stowaways) disembarked, taking their first steps towards what they hoped would be a brighter future.

The Voice displays a handful of iconic images of when the Empire Windrush reached Britain.