Windrush: A Ship Through Time

Windrush: A Ship Through Time

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In Windrush: A Ship Through Time Paul Arnott explores the epic story of a vessel that played a part in some of the most momentous events of the twentieth century, and whose fateful 1948 voyage continues to have consequences - both personal and political today.


  • Hamburg, 1930. The German-Jewish shipbuilders Blohm & Voss build a transatlantic ocean cruiser that they christen the Monte Rosa.
  • Norway, 1940. The Monte Rosa is sent to the fjords to assist the dreaded Tirpitz as she bombards British ships.
  • Auschwitz, 1942. Forty-six Jews wait at the gates, after the Monte Rosa had transported them from Oslo.
  • Kiel, 1945. The Monte Rosa is captured by the British and given a new name: the Empire Windrush.
  • London, 1948. The Empire Windrush docks in England, carrying 600 migrants from the Caribbean. 
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  • 288 pages

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