Cramped quarters on an emigrant ship

#Picture Number SO177

Your download illustration: a standard jpeg greyscale image file (around 3mb) see about for more details.

Victorian illustration to download showing the dark, cramped quarters between decks of a ship carrying Irish emigrants. Men, women and children settle into their shared bunks. Their belongings are piled on the deck or hang on hooks. Between about 1845 and 1852 the potato blight and the subsequent famine, disease, and evictions caused mass migration from Ireland. The Illustrated London News report of 10 May 1851 that accompanied this illustration estimated that the weekly total of emigrants was 1500 from Cork, 5000 from other Irish ports, and many more from Liverpool.