Dunbrody Famine Ship

Quayside, New Ross, Co. Wexford

Dunbrody Famine Ship
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About Dunbrody Famine Ship

Dunbrody Famine Ship is located at Quayside in New Ross, Co. Wexford.

The Dunbrody Famine Ship from 2001 is a full-scale sea-going replica of the Dunbrody launched in 1845 and wrecked in 1875. The original ship was was a three-masted barque built in Quebec in 1845 by Thomas Hamilton Oliver for the Graves family, merchants from New Ross. While primarily a cargo vessel, her fame was as a passenger vessel during the Spring and Summer months of the years 1845 through to 1851 when she carried famine sufferers to North America. Often 50% of the passengers died on these "coffin ships" however the Dunbrody was known for a very low-level of mortality.

The ship operated up to 1869 under the Graves family and then sold. In 1875 the ship floundered off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador and was lost.

The replica is open to visitors and has an exhibition on the life and experience of living on board an emigrant ship in the last 1840s.


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