The Jeanie Johnson

May 2
Posted by lfpl Filed in Life on the Sea, Relief, Ships

Jeanie Johnston
Dublin, Ireland

One of Ireland’s most famous ships is the Jeanie Johnston which is moored off the Custom House Quay in Dublin along the River Liffey. It is a replica of the three masted barque that was originally built in 1847 by Scotsman John Munn in Quebec, Canada. The original ship was bought by the Tralee merchants John Donovan and Sons from Kerry County as a cargo vessel that traded between Tralee and North America for many years bringing emigrants from Ireland to North America and timber back to Europe. Her first maiden emigrant voyage went from Blennerville in Kerry to Quebec in 1848 with 193 emigrants on board due to the Potato Famine that ravaged Ireland. From 1848 until 1855 she made 16 voyages to Quebec, Baltimore, and New York. On average the trip was accomplished in 47 days and her largest number of passengers were 254. No crews or passengers were ever lost on board thanks to the captain James Attridge who would not overload the ship and made sure doctor Richard Blennerhassett was on board for every journey. In 1855 the ship was sold to William Johnson of North Shields in England, but during a 1858 trip to Quebec from Hull carrying timber became waterlogged and slowly sank – crew was rescued by the Dutch ship Sophie Elizabeth. This replica ship, is reduced in size by 30%, and is only licensed to carry 40 people. The replica was made from indepth research of the original, and took from 1993-2002 to build. It was constructed by a international team of young people who linked Ireland North and South, the U.S., Canada, and other countries costing approximately 16 million Euro (4 times the original estimate of 3.81 million Euro) which was paid for by the Irish government, Kerry County Council, Tralee Town Council, the European Union, the American Ireland Fund, Bord Failte, Shannon Development, Kerry Group, the Training and Employment Authority Foras Áiseanna Saothair and the Irish Department of the Marine, most of which later agreed to write off their losses. It was built with larch planks on oak frames and was altered to apply with current international maritime regulations by adding some modern concessions including two Caterpillar main engines, two Caterpillar generators, and an emergency generator that is located above the waterline in the forward deckhouse fully compliant to the highest standards of modern ocean-going passenger ships, with steel water-tight bulkheads, down-flooding valves, and fire-fighting equipment. The replica shiped sailed in 2003 from Tralee to Canada and to the U.S. She raced in the 2005 tall ships race and finished 60th out of 65 from Waterford to Cherbourg. The replica is owned by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority who bought it in 2005 for 2.7 million Euro. Today it is not in seagoing condition. Today she is primarily used as an Onboard Museum and evening venue.

Jeannie Johnson Tall Sailing Ship & Museum

Jeannie Johnson Tall Sailing Ship & Museum

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Kony 2012: Bring Justice, Arrest Joseph Kony

Feb 4
Posted by lfpl Filed in Cultural Issues, Relief

Awareness is the key for stopping wrongs in this world. Action against those wrongs is the next step. Educate yourself about this issue so you too can help the injustices happening in Uganda. KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice. Joseph Kony is a warlord, a guerrilla group leader operating the LRA – The Lord’s Resistance Army as both a cult and a militant group in Uganda. Armed with a radical pseudo-Christian fundamentalist and extremist ideology, Kony kidnaps young children brutally forcing them to become his soldiers and prostitutes. He forces them to kill their own parents, commit murder, mutilations on others, rape, and even purported acts of cannibalism. These are ordered through his own self-styled version of the Ten Commandments. The crimes have not just stayed within the borders of Uganda, but Democratic Repulbic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, and Central African Republic. He is accused of forcing over 30,000-66,000 children into his army (estimates vary from different sources) and displacing over 2 million since the rebellion began in 1986. Kony was indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in 2005 (Hague, Netherlands) but has been never captured. Do you part to get him captured today.