Dunbrody Ship, County Wexford
Dunbrody was a 19th Century three masted sailing ship that brought many emigrants from Ireland to North America during and after the Great Famine. The Visitor Experience provides a unique insight into a period of history which shaped modern day Ireland and America. You will, first of all, view a nine minute audio-visual presentation which gives the historic background to the Great Famine, and the reason why so many people were forced to emigrate on sailing ships like Dunbrody to America in the mid 19th Century. You will also see fascinating footage of the building of the replica Dunbrody, the emotional day of her launching, as well as her Maiden Voyage in 2005.
After this you follow in the footsteps of a group of Famine emigrants as you board the Dunbrody. A ticket is issued as if it was 1849, and this ticket allocates your space and food rations for the voyage ahead. You will get a chance to explore the ship, fitted out exactly as it would be for a voyage. You will encounter actors, playing the role of emigrants, in their cramped quarters with their meager possessions, fleeing as they are a worse catastrophe. They will tell you their harrowing stories of being forced to emigrate. A member of the crew will tell you the story of other voyages and all about life on board a sailing ship
This authentic recreation with its actors, sound effects and smells, will transport you back in time leaving a lasting impression! Total length of tour is approximately 50 minutes. There is full Disabled Access.
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