Jeanie being built at Blennerville
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the Jeanie Johnston
Replica emigrant famine ship sailed
from County Kerry, Ireland to tour
United States & Canada East coast ports
during 2003. Sailed Tall Ship's Race 2005.
Based in Dublin for 2007/8

This chronicle written and photographed
by residents of Blennerville, Co. Kerry

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The Jeanie Johnston at Fenit, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Jeanie visited La Coruna in Spain, Le Havre in France, Liverpool, Bristol, Cobh, Cork, Rathmullan, Fenit, Dingle, waterford and Dun Laoghaire during 2007.

The ship sailed from St. John's, Newfoundland, on Oct 24th 03, and arrived home to Fenit in Co. Kerry, Ireland on Nov 6th.
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Jeanie Johnston docked in Belfast July 2006
Jeanie docked in Belfast for the
Maritime Festival July 2006.
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A Voyage Against All Odds
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Jeanie Johnston in full sail on Dublin Bay, January 2003
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25th October, 2007 - A successful 2007 for the Jeanie Johnston started with the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage from Dingle to La Coruna in Spain on May 1st, and ended with the Flight of the Earls Commemorations at Rathmullan and the voyage to Le Havre and back to Waterford in September.

Highlights of the year included: Maritime Festivals at Dublin Docklands, Belfast, Liverpool, Bristol The Volvo Regatta at Dun Laoghaire; Public and private Day Sails out of Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Cork and Fenit; Public and private Sail Training Voyages to and from ports in Ireland, France and Spain. Various on-board functions and corporate events in Dublin, Dun Laoghaire and Cork. As autumn settled in and the weather changed the season came to a natural close around the end of September.

3rd July, 06 - Jeanie was in Belfast for the Maritime Festival over the Bank holiday weekend, please see the BBC photo report. The ship's full itinerary for July and August 2006 is now listed, please click the link on the right. Win tickets to sail on the Jeanie.

20th June, 06 - Riverdance - the famous Irish dancing show - returns to Ireland this month to perform in the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin and the Riverdance dance troupe performed Irish dancing on the decks of the Jeanie Johnston whilst the ship was moored in Dublin. See the photo report on the Riverdance website.

23rd April 06 - Take a look at the photos of a trip on the Jeanie Johnston last Autumn, on Donncha Caoimh's blog. Jeanie is moored in Dublin for the winter, being serviced and painted for the forthcoming summer sailing season. The ship's new owners, Dublin Docklands Development authority have just released a Press Release about plans for the coming season.

23rd August 05 - Jeanie's tour season for 2005 will culminate in a 10 day crew sail training voyage to France on September 9th - 8 days at sea and 2 in France. Please click the 2005 itinerary link on the right for full details of the remaining port visit to Whitehaven commencing August 24th and crew sailings to the Isle of Man, Dublin and France.

18th July 05 - Jeanie's enthusiastic participation in the Waterford Tall Ship's Race included a crew sail to Cherbourg. This year there are two types of voyages in response to public demand - passenger sails and crew sails. Crew sail voyages entail sail training with full participation in all crew duties. Passenger sails are less demanding, passengers do not go aloft or steer the ship, the ship stays within 3 miles of shore and only sails in fair weather.

12th June 05 - Jeanie's future is now assured. The Dublin Docklands Development Authority has purchased the ship and intends to use her as a visitor attraction in Dublin, also undertaking passenger and sail trainee voyages. Please click for details of Jeanie's 2005 port visits and sail training and passenger voyages.

Jeanie Johnston will feature in the Dublin Docklands Maritime Festival on June 17th to 19th 2005. For details of this and other venues for Jeanie during 2005, please see details on the right.

The Tall Ships Race at Waterford will truly be a historic occasion with, for the first time ever, three Irish Tall Ships, Asgard 11, Dunbrody and Jeanie Johnston taking pride of place amongst almost 100 other Tall Ships from around the world. The Tall Ships takes place from 6th to 9th July.

1st May 05 - The Jeanie Johnston returned to winter moorings in Cork during January and the ship is not open to visitors at this time. Jeanie has been entered in the 2005 Tall Ships Race to be held in Waterford from July 6th to 9th and we await news of the arrangements for this. Check the website for the Tall Ships Race.

8th November 04 - The Jeanie Johnston has returned to Dublin's North Wall at Customs House Quay for November and December and will be open to visitors daily from 11am to 5pm.

A visit to the ship makes a fascinating school tour, with opportunities to talk with crew members about Jeanie's voyages and learn about the famine and emigration. Please ring the project office on 066 7129999 or send an e-mail to arrange a tour, the cost if €3 euro per student..

1st Octobert 04 - After a successful voyage to La Coruna in Spain last month, Jeanie returned home to Ireland for a repeat visit to Dun Laoghaire before docking in Dublin until the New Year. Read the entertaining La Coruna voyage diaries from crew and sail trainees.

26th August 04 - It has been confirmed that there will be a sail training a voyage to La Coruna in Spain, leaving Dublin on Friday, September 3rd and returning from Spain on Monday, September 13th. There are still a few vacant berths on this last chance to sail aboard the Jeanie Johnston this year - why not join the crew? Read about experiences of voyages on the Jeanie Johnston.

To find out more about this opportunity, which costs 1,000 euro to sail either way, or 1,800 euro return, please see the itinerary page, then contact the project office at 066 712 9999 or send an e-mail to

20th August 04 - Jeanie is docked in Kinsale in County Cork this weekend, then she sails to Dun Laoghaire where she will be open to visitors for the last weekend this month, on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th August.

8th August 04 - After a tremendously successful visit to Dingle over the Bank Holiday weekend, Jeanie is now docked in Schull in Co. Cork, where she is a guest at the Calves Week festivities. The ship then sails to Cobh for the People's Regatta next weekend.

Further port visit dates will be posted on the right, and please see the Itinerary page for full details of Jeanie's tour and information about the 3-day sail training voyages between ports and how to apply. To read about what's involved in a sail training voyage, please see the official website.

6th July 04 - Jeanie Johnston is presently sailing to Galway on a sail training voyage from Killybegs, after a very successful weekend visit.

23rd June 04 - Jeanie Johnston continues her round Ireland tour with a second visit to Derry City this weekend, then on to Killybegs. For full details of the port visits and sail training voyages between ports, please see the 2004 itinerary page.

21st May 04 - The Jeanie Johnston will tour Ireland this Summer, beginning with a visit to Dublin Docklands Maritime Festival on Friday 4th June. Please check dates and times on the right. Her tour will include port visits and round Ireland sail training opportunities.

The first sail training voyage of 2004 will leave Dublin on Wednesday, 9th June to arrive in Derry at noon on Saturday 12th. The cost is 300 euro. If you would like to sail onboard the Jeanie Johnston, please send an e-mail, or phone 066 712 9999. Regrettably, the the US voyage will not be going ahead this year.

Would you like Jeanie to visit your port? Any suitable port on the island of Ireland (minimum 16 foot draft and 90 foot air draft) which would like Jeanie to attend their Festival or occasion, should contact Brendan Dinneen by e-mail or on the phone number above.

Previous news from 2001 to May 2004 is archived chronologically here>>>

Background to the Jeanie Johnston project
    Jeanie Johnston is Ireland's project to recreate an authentic wooden sailing ship of the famine era, and sail it to the US and Canada. The project has cost almost Euro 15 million. The 3 masted barque, built at a specially constructed visitor shipyard in Blennerville, near Tralee in County Kerry, was moved in May 2000 to Fenit. The barque is an exact lifesize replica of one of Ireland's emigrant "famine" ships; the only one to never lose the life of a passenger. Jeanie has been re-built to function as a sail training vessel, a floating museum of the famine era and an Ambassador for the island of Ireland. This has been a cross-border project, aided by trainees and young people from both North and South, and many leading politicians from all political parties in Ireland have visited the ship, including our President, Mary McAleese. A history of the original ship which sailed during the 1840's is available here. For more background to the project, visit the official website.
    The original intention was to launch the Jeanie directly from her shipyard in Blennerville, but whilst dredging a channel in the estuary, a 19th century shipwreck was found by archeologists. To preserve the wreck, a huge barge which floats in less than a metre of water was towed from the Netherlands, and was used to transport the Jeanie to the port of Fenit, a short distance down the coast.

    The picture on the right was taken 1st May 01, showing Jeanie's final coat of paint.
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    The 2003 trans-Atlantic crossing from Kerry took about 8 weeks, stopping at Tenerife en-route. Jeanie visited over 20 cities in the US and Canada during her 2003 tour. 40 people were on the Jeanie when she crossed the Atlantic; she carried a crew of 28, comprising 11 professional sailors and 17 volunteer crew, mainly young people from Northern and Southern Ireland who had worked on the project, also project staff, and 12 paying passengers, under her Captain Tom McCarthy.

    The building of the Jeanie Johnston has been beset by many financial crises, but the ship was finally finished and ready to fulfil her destiny by crossing the Atlantic in February 2003. She stay in the US until October 2003 bringing living history to the ports she visited and returned to Ireland in November 2003.

    This website is chronicling the Jeanie Johnston's story as it happens, from early 2000 to date. You can view reports and pictures of her first sea trials last year. For further information about the history of the original Jeanie Johnston and the Blennerville area in general, take a look at a comprehensive project written by a local schoolboy for his Leaving Certificate exam last year. Gaelic and celtic fonts are also available for download in zip format from that site.

    This website is being written chronologically. You can follow Jeanie's progress from the first day she was launched at Blennerville in April 2000, to the present, by following the forward arrows at the bottom of the pages.

Jeanie Johnston
Itinerary for 2007
including Crew Sail & Passenger Sail voyages.

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Families 12 euro

Archive of Jeanie's
2003 tour of US &
Canadian East coast ports

Read the
Press Release
from the Jeanie Johnston Co.
May 2004
Selection of
2003 entries

Montreal photos

Download a Video clip from Montreal (1.4Mb)
Courtesy of Montreal Old Port

Saint John photos

St. Andrews photos

Photo Reports from
Tash Treacy,
2nd Mate

Report 1
Report 2

The Jeanie Johnston Song

US Voyage final reports
by Tom Kindre, crew member
on the Ireland to US voyage

Video clips from the ship

Photo Reports from
Denis Franklin MD

New York photos

Captain's and Bosun's reports, also visitor comments, from the official website

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