Jeanie Johnston Chronicle

Jeanie arrived in Battery Park City, New York
Thursday 3rd July, 2003 for an 11 day port visit

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Jeanie Johnston in the Irish Sea during Spring of 2003

Special New York welcome for Jeanie

Escorted by NYPD patrol boats, the US Coast Guard and fireboats with water jets of red, white and blue soaring hundreds of feet into the Manhattan skyline, the Jeanie Johnston made her historic entry into New York City at l.30 pm local time on Thursday, July 3rd.

The famine ship had berthed overnight in New York Harbor near the Statue of Liberty and at 12.45pm began to make her way up river to her berth at the North Cove Marina in Battery Park City. Also accompanying the ship was a flotilla of local yachts and The Pioneer from South Street Seaport under the command of Capt Seth Goodwin, whose great grandfather, Patrick Parker. had emigrated to New York from Fenit, County Kerry.

Mr. Hugh Friel, Chairman, Jeanie Johnston Company, speaking at the Official Welcome ceremony.>
Mr. Hugh Friel, Chairman, Jeanie Johnston Company, speaking at the Official Welcome ceremony.

A fitting on-shore welcome for the ship was organized by Tourism Ireland and the Battery Park City Authority. As Capt. Tom McCarthy moored Jeanie the FDNY Emerald Society Pipe Band led a procession of dignitaries, including Irish Government Minister Mr. John O'Donoghue, from the nearby Steamers Landing to the dockside where a special area had been set aside for the Official Welcome.

FDNY Emerald Pipe Band lead the dignitaries to the Jeanie Johnston
FDNY Emerald Pipe Band lead the dignitaries to the ship.

The ceremony commenced with readings by Carol Higgins Clarke on the historical background of the Jeanie Johnston, and continued speeches of thanks and congratulations from Mr. Hugh Friel, Chairman, Jeanie Johnston Company, Mr. Paul O'Toole, CEO, Tourism Ireland, Minister O'Donoghue, Mr. Jim Gill, Chairman, Battery Park City Authority, and Mr. Bill Cunningham of the Mayor's Office who read a message of welcome to the ship and her crew from Mayor Bloomberg. Capt McCarthy presented the Mayor's Represenative, Bill Cunningham, with a Waterford Crystal bowl. The ceremony concluded with Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan's rendition of the "Rose of Tralee" and "God Bless America".


The event attracted the local and international media. RTE (Irish Television) sent a crew from Washington DC to cover the event and a special report on the Jeanie Johnston's arrival will be screened on the "Out of Ireland" TV Program to be broadcast on the PBS network across the United States from Sunday, July 6.

The ship opened in museum mode to the public at 4.30 pm (Thursday) and will open daily to visitors during her 11 day stay at the North Cove Marina.

Welcoming ceremony for the Jeanie Johnston
Welcoming ceremony for the Jeanie Johnston.
Murry and Arlene Bakel, South Street Seaport Volunteers, who provided guided tours at the ship during construction in County Kerry, with John Griffin from Tralee. Murry and Arlene Bakel, South Street Seaport Volunteers, who provided guided tours at the ship during construction in County Kerry, with John Griffin from Tralee, the originator of the Jeanie Johnston project.

The Jeanie Johnston berthed at North Cove Marina, Battery Park.

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The Jeanie Johnston berthed at North Cove Marina, Battery Park.

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