Dunbrody Famine Ship

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Name Dunbrody Famine Ship County Wexford Nearest Town New Ross Access Road N25 About The Dunbrody is a full-scale reconstruction of a 19th Century Famine ship, and authentic replica of the Three Masted Barque built in Quebec in 1845 for the Graves family of New Ross.

When you board the Dunbrody, you walk in the footsteps of thousands of Irish famine emigrants on their journey of hope across the Atlantic Ocean.

Go below deck and enter the confined spaces, which would be home for passengers and crew for the 45-day voyage.

Dunbrody was primarily a cargo vessel and carried timber from Canada, cotton from the southern states of the USA and guano from Peru.

The ship was fitted out with bunks and facilities for passengers desperate to escape the harrowing conditions at home.

From 1845 to 1851, between April and September, she carried passengers on her outward journeys to Canada and the USA.

She usually carried 176 people but on one crossing, at the height of the Famine in 1847, she carried 313.

Many of the passengers were the evicted tenants of Lord Fitzwilliam’s Wicklow estates and Viscount de Vesci’s Portlaoise estates.

The ship is now berthed at permanently at New Ross and there are guided tours available every day as well as an information centre.