Irish Coffin Ships at Gross Isle, Canada

Robert Whtye – 1847 | On deck, a rope was placed around the emaciated Irish peasant. The rope was hoisted and with their heads and naked limbs dangling for a moment in mid-air, the wealth of hair of the Irish maiden, or the silvered lock s of the poor old Irish grandmother, they were finally lowered over the ship’s side into the boats, rowed to the island and left on the rock s until such time as they were coffined. The scenes of horror and desolation at the island almost staggered belief and baffled description.” Taken from The Truth Behind The Irish Famine, 100 images, 400 eyewitness quotes.

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