Coffin ships transported Irish immigrants to America and other colonies during the Great Irish Famine (1845-1852). They were the cheapest way to cross the Atlantic but it was a miserable and dangerous journey. The conditions on board were horrible because the ships were so crowded. Also, there was little food and water. There were often diseases on board.
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- Jim Shaughnessy (18 June 2015). "The Great Famine coffin ships' journey across the Atlantic". Irish Central. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
- "Coffin Ships". The History Place. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
- John Fahey, Survival (USA: John L. Fahey, 2015), p. 6