The Jeanie Johnson sits on the River Liffey less than a 7-minute walk from The Spencer Hotel. The Jeanie Johnson is famous for ferrying Irish emigrants across the Atlantic to escape the famine between 1848 and 1855. The ship made 16 journeys to North America during this time, bringing 2500 Irish emigrants to the land of opportunity. What makes the story even more remarkable is that until the 19th century, no lives were lost on board The Jeanie Johnston despite the fact that passengers were on board for approximately 46 days in harsh cramped conditions with very little food.
In 1855, the Jeanie was sold to William Johnson of North Shields, England. In 1858, en route from Quebec to Hull with a cargo of timber, she became waterlogged. The crew climbed up the main mast and, after 9 days of clinging to a sinking ship, they were rescued by a Dutch ship, the Sophie Elizabeth.
The replica ship was designed by Fred Walker, former Chief Naval Architect with the Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. The recreation was modelled closely on that of the 17th century Dutch East India ship, the ‘Batavia’. Work began in 1993 and was completed in 2002. The ship is built with larch planks on oak frames, but to comply with international maritime regulations some concessions to modernity had to be made. The Jeanie Johnston sailed to Canada and the United States in 2003 on a hugely successful trip which brought large crowds to see her in every port. She has since made several further trips.
If you want to learn more about the ship’s history, there are tours that run daily and last for approximately 50 minutes. Visitors will hear about the 46-day journey and see first hand the conditions in which many families and crew lived in before reaching North America.
Admission prices for tours:
Adults: €11 / Senior Citizens: €10
Children: aged 4-15 €6 / Infants: 4 and under Free of charge
Family Tickets: 2 adults & 2 children €20
Location: Custom House Quay, North Dock, Dublin 1
T: 01 473 0111
The Spencer Hotel is located right in the Dublin Docklands, the perfect place to stay if you are looking to learn more about how the city’s port has transformed Dublin into a business headquarters. The Docklands are also home to numerous pubs, restaurants, shops, and cafes to explore while you are visiting.
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