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Setting Sail: Irish Immigration During the Potato Famine

This is a really fantastic post detailing sailing conditions and hardships for Irish Immigrants during the Potato Famine.

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The tale of the Irish plight during the potato famine is a terribly tragic one. In a previous post I gave a brief account of the Irish Potato Famine. In this post I will seek to tell the story of those who left their beloved isle for new life on the continent of North America aboard ‘coffin ships’, sometimes for better, other times for worse.

Mass immigration among the Irish populace began in 1846. The potato crop had failed once again and times were only going to get harder. So immigrants packed their bags, that is if they had anything to pack, and headed for places such as North and South America and Australia, but with North America being the popular destination. Unscrupulous shipping companies renovated their cargo ships to transport the fleeing Irish. ‘Renovation’ usually consisted of building bunks in the hold.

In comparison to British ships, American…

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One comment on “Setting Sail: Irish Immigration During the Potato Famine

  1. Map of Time
    November 1, 2013

    Thanks again for your kind words!

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