Jeanie Johnston - June 2003 Voyage

The remarkable story of the Jeanie Johnston began with her maiden voyage from Quebec on April 24, 1848 with 193 emigrants on board. It was set aganst the backdrop of life in Ireland during the great famine or the great hunger. Faced with the spectre of disease, starvation, eviction and death, many people were forced to leave their native land and come to America.

Because of disease and the horrible living conditions on the ship, many passengers died on the two month voyage. One ship, the Jeanie Johnston, in 17 voyages across the Atlantic, did not lose a single passenger. A vital reason for the survival rate is due to the direction and compassion of Nicholas Donovan (kind-hearted owner), Captain James Attridge and Dr. Richard Blennerhassett (resident medical doctor).

To honor the ship and the millions of Irish who immigrated to America, there was a 4 day celebration during the ship's visit to Bristol from June 26 to June 30, 2003.

There were tours of the ship and the ship's museum, genealogy research, Irish entertainment and Irish Cultural activities.

For more information on this remarkable ship and its incredible journey, read more about the history of the Jeanie Johnston here.