Waiting to disembark from the 'Empire Windrush', 21 June 1948.
© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of passengers reading a newspaper whilst waiting to disembark from the 'Empire Windrush', having sailed from Jamaica, taken by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald newspaper. During the war, thousands of men and women from the Caribbean had served in the armed forces. When the 'Empire Windrush' stopped in Jamaica to pick up servicemen, many people, having seen the 'Daily Gleaner' newspaper advertising the journey for £28.10, decided to travel to Britain. On 24 May the ship left Kingston, Jamaica with nearly 500 passengers. It docked at Tilbury on 21 June 1948.