Thursday, August 02, 2012

Ireland: New Ross

Last Sunday afternoon we traveled from Waterford to Wexford, with a stop in the middle to visit the Dunbrody 'coffin ship'. These sailing ships carried many starving Irish off the island for a 'better life', which for 50% of those, meant death at sea. Already weakened by the famine, and 50 days in cramped and the filthy conditions below deck for 23-1/2 hours a day, death by typhus or cholera was no stranger, and the bodies were dumped overboard.

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