Place Published: [London]
Publisher: George E. Eyre and Andrew Spottiswoode
Date Published: 1842
Edition: 1st Edition
At head of title: Anno tertio & quarto Victoriae Reginae, Sess. 2
First edition, uncommon. 2 pages, now separated, -196 11-1/4 x 6-3/4 inches. CAP. XVII
An Act for preventing, until the First Day of May One Thousand eight hundred and forty five, ships clearing out of any port in British North America or in the settlement of Honduras, from loading any part of their cargo of Timber upon Deck [13th May 1842]
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 #8825