A Famine Ship

The Jeanie Johnson

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The original Jeanie Johnston (1847-58) was built in Quebec in 1847 by the Canadian shipbuilder John Munn and bought shortly afterwards by the Donovan family of Tralee. She was a triple-masted barque, constructed of oak and pine.

The replica "famine ship" Jeanie Johnson has been finished and has departed Dublin for its maiden voyage with stops at Belfast, Waterford, Tenerife in the Canary Islands before its five-week Atlantic crossing. Arriving North America she is likely to stop at New York, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Quebec, and Montreal although the tour program has not bee fixed as of this writing.

The original Jeanie Johnson carried up to 250 passengers and a crew of 17; this voyage will carry a crew of 11 and 30 passengers some paying up to $10,540 each.

The Irish Post has issued a special Jeanie Johnston stamp to commemorate the rebuilding of the ship and her voyage to America. The stamp, which was designed by Vincent Killowrey from County Clare, is based on the architect's drawing of the replica ship. It was officially launched at the Blennerville Shipyard on 9th March by Minister Mary O'Rourke and has gone on sale in Ireland. One million 30p denomination stamps have been issued.

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