Long distance travel times now and 100 years ago

Standard travel in 2016. Image courtesy of DollarPhotoClub.com
Boeing 747. Standard method of long distance travel in 2016. Image courtesy of DollarPhotoClub.com

Max Roser sent the following tweets on January 7:

Max Roser ?@MaxCRoser [1 of 2] Travel times from London in 1914

 

State of the art travel in 1912. Image courtesy of DollarPhotoClub.com
H.M.S. Titanic. State of the art long distance travel in 1912. Image courtesy of DollarPhotoClub.com

Max Roser ?@MaxCRoser [2 of 2] Travel times from London in 2016

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State of the art travel in the 1860s. Star of India sailing ship in San Diego harbor. Photo by James Ulvog.
State of the art round-the-world travel in the 1860s. Star of India sailing ship in San Diego harbor. Photo by James Ulvog.

Here is my recap of the time from London:

  • 1914   –  2016 – London to:
  • 10-20 –  < 3/4 – California
  • ~20    –  1/2 – Nigeria
  • 30-40 –  1.5 – Sydney

As a rough estimate, the drop in time as a percent of 1914 travel time is:

  • ~95.0% – California (ave 15 to .75)
  • ~97.5% – Nigeria (20 to .5)
  • ~95.7% – Sydney (35 to 1.5)

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