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Posted by JDP on May 23, 2001 at 21:47:29:

The Brig Annah sailed out of Westport bound for Boston on May 24th 1847.
On board were 34 passengers (9 female, 24 male) including 6 children. There were family names such as Murphy, Mugan, Vallely, Flannery and McCall.
The Annah is beleived to be one of the smallest ships carrying famine emigrants - approx. 175 tons and 59 ft. long.

In 1849, a boat named The Hannah, struck an iceberg on a voyage from Newery to Quebec. The captain and two mates abandoned ship in the lifeboat leaving the nearly 200 passengers and remaining crew to fend for
themselves. They managed to get on to the iceberg before the ship went down where they spent 15hours before being rescued by the Nicaragua which came upon the scene. 129 passengers survived this ordeal and made their way to Canada.
A school of thought suggests that the Annah and the Hannah were one and the same.
Ref. " The Famine Ships - The Irish Exodus to America" by Ed. Laxton published 1996 pp 126-129

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