They came by ship

Thinking about Catherine Lonergan Cobb - my two great grand-mother.
When Jim and I were in Ireland we saw this replica of the type of boat our immigrant ancestors would have sailed on to America. It's not an ocean liner - and would have been dark and dank below decks.
All sail power-so that would have been quite a long voyage. Wow!

I think of the leaving - where they would have had an "American wake" - a good-bye party for those leaving - because they did not expect to come back. It was expected to be a "forever" leaving. Catherine was fortunate - the Lonergans came as an extended family. So many came alone.

More to know, that's for sure.

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