Jeanie Johnston Chronicle

Jeanie arrived in Burlington City, New Jersey
Monday 23rd June, 2003 for a short port visit

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Jeanie Johnston in the Irish Sea during Spring of 2003

The Jeanie Johnston arrived in Burlington NJ at 1 pm local time on Monday June 23rd with several hundred well wishers there to greet her. At a reception for the crew hosted by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Governor of New Jersey, Mr. James McGreevey paid tribute to all those who had made the visit possible. The Governor thanked Host Committee Chairman Jim P'Simer and his committee for all their hard work and had special words of praise for the New Jersey apprentices who had traveled to Tralee to work on the ship.

The Jeanie Johnston had left Philadelphia at 9.30 am on Monday morning for the short voyage up the Delaware River. Among those on board was Eamon Daly from Philadelphia, now living in Berlin NJ, who was enrolled by Capt Tom McCarthy as assistant cook for the short voyage. Eamon, who passed his old parish St. Leo's en route, was given the honor by Capt. McCarthy of steering the ship for a portion of the voyage.

Following its enormous success in Philadelphia where 10,000 people had visited the ship, the short New Jersey visit promises to be equally successful. By Tuesday evening over 1500 visitors, braving temperatures approaching 90 degrees, had boarded the vessel berthed at the Burlington Power Plant. Visitors were ferried by courtesy coaches from the Burlington Promenade to the plant which has a well serviced deep water dock. The host committee had a tent erected where a traveling exhibition on the Great Hunger, on loan from the Irish American History Museum in Albany, was mounted.

Read the local Burlington media report
about the Jeanie's visit.

Some of the lifesize models on the tween deck when Jeanie is in museum  mode

One of the lifesize figures depicting conditions for those fleeing to America on the Jeanie Johnston in famine times. This passenger is eating his gruel, and notice his wife lying in the bunk behind.

Photo courtesy of Paul Dolan, FAS Tralee.

The Jeanie Johnston is due to depart Burlington later on Thursday 26th June for Bristol, PA for a four day visit.

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