Open all year round, the Jeanie Johnston is a working replica of Dublin's most famous famine ship (the boats that were used in the mid 19th century to transport victims of the famine to a brighter, better life abroad). The famine ships earned the grim nickname of 'coffin ships' due to the mortality rate of their frail and disease-ravaged passengers, but the JJ was a notable exception: despite carrying around 2,500 people on 16 separate voyages to America, she never lost a single soul.
This remarkable feat, along with the blighted period of Ireland's history that made it necessary, are the subjects of a small museum located inside the ship. Using data from the Lloyd's Survey, this replica vessel was painstakingly produced, timber for timber, to match the original, and upon completion in 2003 was broken in with a voyage to America, stopping at 20 ports in five countries along the way. Fascinating stuff.