The Jeanie Johnston Emigrant Ship & Museum
As you walk towards the O2 Theatre or towards the Convention Centre from The Anchor House Bed & Breakfast, you will pass The Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship & Museum, which is usually berthed on the River Liffey’s Customs House Quay.
The Jeanie Johnston is an accurate replica of her namesake which was in service between 1848 & 1855. The replica was completed in 2003 following a 9 year construction. She carried poor Irish Emigrants from Ireland to the new world in America & Canada, who sought to escape the poverty & starvation which prevailed in Ireland, as a result of the Potato Famine.
The journey to Canada was a seven week crossing. The conditions aboard were cramped, basic & unhygienic. The Jeanie Johnston could carry approx. 200 passengers on each journey to the new world. It is recorded that no passenger ever died on board the Jeanie Johnston, in her many years of service as an Emigrant Ship, thanks to the care taken by the ships staff, & her resident Ships Doctor.
The Jeannie Johnston is open daily for visitors who wish to explore the conditions which existed in the 1850′s for passengers who decided to leave Ireland forever, for a new chance of a better life across the Atlantic Ocean in Canada & America. Maybe you are a descendant of a Jeanie Johnston passenger of the 1850′s?
Another permanent monument to The Irish Potato Famine is also situated on The River Liffey Customs House Quay. The work is called “Famine“. It remembers those who actually struggled to walk along the Customs House Quays, during the Potato Famine, to try to board sailing ships out of Ireland, so as to escape probable death by starvation in Ireland, during the Potato Famine.