Coffin Ship: Wreck of the Brig St. John

Coffin Ship: Wreck of the Brig St. John

William Henry


The famine drove large numbers of Irish women and men to depart the island and pursue their survival in overseas lands. In 1847, a few 200,000 humans sailed for Boston by myself. Of this huge team, 2,000 by no means made it to their vacation spot, killed by way of affliction and starvation throughout the voyages, their continues to be consigned to a watery grave. The sinking of the brig St. John off the coast of Massachusetts in October 1849, was once just one of many tragic occasions to take place in this mass exodus. The send had sailed from Galway, loaded with passengers so desirous to get away the consequences of famine that a few had walked from as some distance afield as Clare to arrive the send.

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