An Act for preventing Ships clearing out from a British North American port loading any part of their cargo of Timber upon Deck.
Place Published: [London]
Publisher: Andrew Spottiswoode
Date Published: 1840
Edition: 1st Edition
Caption title. At head of title: Anno tertio & quarto Victoriae Reginae, c. XXVI. 3-4 Vict.c.36.
First edition, scarce. 2 pages now separated,-270. 11-1/4 x 6-3/4 inches. London : Printed by George Eyre and Andrew Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty, 1840. Fine condition.
During the Great Famine, many Irish people left the country on a journey to search for a better life. To escape the threat of starvation, people sought a new life in places like America. An estimated 1.5 million people, or about 4,110 people per day, left Ireland to come to North America between 1845 and 1855. Along with passenger ships, cargo ships used for hauling materials like timber were also used to transport people. The ships leaving Ireland earned the name "coffin ships" because of the high number of deaths that occurred on them. This law was one of a number passed to help reduce these deaths.
Fine. Item #8824