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Coffin Ship: Wreck of the Brig St. John [Paperback]

William Henry

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Nov. 25 2009
The famine drove huge numbers of Irish men and women to leave the island and pursue their survival in foreign lands. In 1847, some 200,000 people sailed for Boston alone. Of this massive group, 2,000 never made it to their destination, killed by disease and hunger during the voyages, their remains consigned to a watery grave. The sinking of the brig St. John off the coast of Massachusetts in October 1849, was only one of many tragic events to occur during this mass exodus. The ship had sailed from Galway, loaded with passengers so desperate to escape the effects of famine that some had walked from as far afield as Clare to reach the ship.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mercier Press (Nov. 25 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856356310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856356312
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #860,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William Henry is an historian and archaeologist from Galway city. The author of numerous books, including the acclaimed and successful Galway and the Great War, Forgotten Heroes and Supreme Sacrifice: The Story of Eamonn Ceannt. He published his first book for children: Tir na nOg: A New Adventure in 2008.

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4.0 out of 5 stars And you thought slaves were treated poorly Aug. 14 2012
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This is a great true story of how some enterprising businessmen crated the Irish in horrid conditions to take them away from Ireland during the great famine in ships that were less than sea worthy. Since they did not represent potential revenue generators like slaves did, there was no incentive to ce concerned for their safety or well being. A very nice read that doesn't tie one up in granular details.

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