Place Published: London
Publisher: Printed by George Eyre and Andrew Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
Date Published: 1839
Edition: 1st Edition
Anno Secundo & Tertio
First edition, uncommon. 2 pages, now separated, -486 11-1/4 x 6-3/4 inches. CAP. XLIV. Fine condition.
An Act to prevent, until the end of the next session of Parliament, ships clearing out from a British North American port loading any Part of the Cargo of Timber upon Deck [17th August 1839]
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.
Very Good. Item #8862