Wednesday, November 19, 2014

 The Maritime Executive

Shipwreck Carrying Remains of Chinese Gold Miners Found, Reported by the Maritime Executive. Wreckage found off New Zealand coast after 112 years

 For most of the 19th century and well into the 20th, one of China's main exports was cheap labor, often leaving China on a one way trip. Job seeking migration in those pre regular airline service days was by ship. Even today human traffickers move illegal migrants, often bound for conditions of slavery by ship. There is simply too much security at airports for the purposes of most forms of human trafficking.  The fate of the Chinese railroad workers landed on the U.S. West Coast is well known. But the migrations were wide spread. One example was the Chinese gold mine workers of New Zealand in the late 19th century and very early 20th centuries. Some of these workers embarked for New Zealand but never landed. Such was the case for nearly 500 workers on the SS  VENTNOR which was actually returning workers to China when it was declared missing in 1902. The MARITIME EXECUTIVE reported on November 19, 2014 that the wreck has been found. Read the entire story at the MARITIME EXECUTIVE Nov.19, 2014.

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