Tuesday, May 24, 2005
The first steps have been taken in the sale of the Jeanie Johnston to the Dublin Docklands Development Authority. Kerry County Council has agreed to the sale of the debt-ridden famine ship this afternoon following a meeting of the shareholders. Tralee town council is another shareholder in the vessel and will meet tonight to discuss the proposals set out regarding the sale of the historical ship. The vessel, which dates from the 1840s, cost almost €15m euros to build and may be sold for just one fifth of that.
the Jeanie Johnston Between 1848 and 1855, the Jeanie Johnston made 16 heroic voyages to North America, sailing to Quebec, Baltimore and New York. She carried over 2,500 Irish people across the Atlantic on the first step in a brave new adventure.