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Journeys of Discovery: Why no one ever died on the famine ship Jeannie Johnston

Irish Archeology
Famine ship Jeanie Johnston in Dublin, Ireland.

The famine ship Jeanie Johnston, built in 1848, made 16 trans-Atlantic passages carrying more than 2,500 passengers. The vessel is revered in the annals of the Irish Potato famine as not one life was lost throughout her career—while many famine ships lost more than 30 percent of their manifest to disease, lack of fresh water and toxic food. 

To honor the Jeannie Johnston’s illustrious career, an authentic replica was completed in Blennerville, County Kerry in 2002 following six years of labor by 300 hundred shipwrights and craftsmen. Today the Jeanie Johnston is moored at Custom House Quay on the Liffey River in downtown Dublin, Ireland. Come along onboard and join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a tour and chat with the skipper, John O’Neil.

This show was originally broadcast March 17, 2017 and is reposted as a “best-of-the-best” from Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer travel shows produced over the past 30 years.

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