Bloomsbury, 1st.ed., 1996, vi + 250 pp., 14 cold plates, ills in text, & map e.p’s. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Between 1846 and 1851, over a million people fled the famine in Ireland and sailed for America in hope of a better life. The Irish potato famine claimed a million lives and the world has never witnessed such an exodus before or since. The author tells the story of the emigrants who braved the crossing to the New World and describes the leaky, overcrowded square-riggers which ventured out into the Atlantic from Liverpool and other ports : vessels like the full-riggers WASHINGTON IRVING, THE CREOLE, THE CONSTITUTION, etc. Illustrated with 14 coloured plates.