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All Standing: The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, the Legendary Irish Famine Ship

Kathryn Miles.
Publisher Free Press/BOMC  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9781451610130
Pages/Publication Date 239/2013
Daedalus Item Code 42268
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More than a million immigrants fled the Irish famine for North America in the mid-19th century—and more than a hundred thousand of them perished aboard the aptly dubbed "coffin ships" that carried them across the Atlantic. But there was one wooden sailing ship that in 11 crossings never lost a passenger. In her gripping and powerful account, Kathryn Miles chronicles the remarkable career of the Jeanie Johnston and her ingenious and compassionate crew. Why did these carriers succeed while so many others failed? And what new lives in America awaited the ship's desperate passengers? Also the author of Adventures with Ari, Miles re-creates life aboard this singular vessel, depicting the bravery and defiance of its shipwright, captain, and doctor, and following one Irish family's search for happiness in a new world.

"Named the Jeanie Johnston, a reconstruction of which is today displayed in Dublin, the ship was purpose-built for the emigration trade by a shipwright, with a captain and a doctor whom Miles portrays as humanitarians; she writes distinctly less enthusiastically of the entrepreneur in the port of Tralee, Ireland, who financed the ship. No matter who merits the credit for the Jeanie Johnston's career, credit there was, for her voyages were distinguished for not losing any passengers; Irish immigrants died in droves on other ships. Offering great detail about the Jeanie Johnston's nautical characteristics, Miles exemplifies the Irish immigrant's transatlantic experience in one family who endured the crossing, passed through quarantine inspection in Canada, and settled in the U.S. Chronicling the Johnston's further journeys and sinking in 1858, Miles, who follows occasional tangents like Queen Victoria's visits to Ireland, ably regales her central story of a remarkable vessel."—Booklist

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