The Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum is situated around the ship itself, its purpose being to inform visitors about the vessels which played a crucial role in helping Ireland’s native population emigrate in the face of the widespread and devastating famine of the 1840s. The project was conceived in the late 1980s, with the Jeannie Johnston laid down in 1998 after painstaking research into the appearance of the original 19th century vessel.
Given how dramatic, frenetic and historic the hastily arranged emigrations were, the remade Jeannie Johnston serves as a living recreation of the conditions the Irish of that harsh era had to endure and withstand. A simple number speaks volumes: the ship was designed to carry a mere 40 people including, however on one voyage a total of 252 people managed to pack aboard in order to reach foreign shores.
|Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1, Ireland.
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