Dunbrody Famine Ship

In Wexford we were able to stop at New Ross and do a tour of the Dunbrody Famine Ship where we experienced a brief re-enactment of how families travelled to relocate from Ireland to America in 1849. There were 51 of us squashed into the below deck area, which is where all steerage passengers were confined to for sleeping, eating and general living. Each journey took 240 passengers which we could see how difficult that would be. Thee were no showers, passengers only allowed up on deck for half an hour a day in groups and they couldn't change the clothes for the journey. Typically a family which could have been 7 or 8 passengers were allocated a small wooden bunk as their space to live. A very small ration of food was given twice a week.

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