Photographer's Note

Jeanie Johnstone, a replica of a famous ship.

"The original Jeanie Johnstone was built in Quebec, Canada in 1847 by Scottish-born shipbuilder and master craftsman, John Munn.
It was purchasedby Kerry-based merchants, John Donovan and Sons.
Originally intended as a cargo ship, she ended up carrying a very different kind of cargo - desperate men, women and children fleeing the potato famine.
She carried emigrants out to Canada and brought timber back.

She made her maiden voyage from Blennerville, Co. Kerry to Quebec in 1848 with 193 passengers on board.
She transported 2500 Irish emigrants on 16 transatlantic voyages to North America."

Visitors can now go on board this ship, and learn all about the Great Famine, also referred to as 'The Great Hunger'. It lasted from 1845 to 1849 and was the single greatest disaster in Irish history.
It is estimated that between 1 and 1.5 million people died during the famine.

We did not go on board, and actually I only discovered the relevance of the ship when preparing this post.

Thanks for looking.

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