Grosse Isle and the Great Famine
Grosse Isle was another tragedy made possible from the great famine, a mass death and heartbreaking tale of desparation continued from Ireland across the sea.
Any local from Dublin will tell you there was no famine but there was …
“a potato blight which destroyed the only food the British allowed us enough land f to grow our own food from‘ It was more of a terrible hunger, for if not for the British shipping every morsel of food out of our own country, there would be no famine at all..”
Seeing no other way to survive the famine, the Irish fled to America and Canada, bringing with them the lice in their clothes that created the dreaded ship fever (typhus) . Most knew absolutely nothing about the ocean. Nothing about ship travel, or how to prepare for their journey. Many died on board as surely as they would have died of the famine. Only the healthiest survived to land in Quebec or New York City.
What happened at Grosse Isle In the winter of 1847?