My Journey

From the point of view of Shey Abbott

Why did I leave?

Back in Ireland, I lived on a farm that didn't produce a lot of money. After the potato famine, the money my small farm created just couldn't support me enough to stay. Word had been spread that the United States had complete freedom and many job opportunities, so after collecting and saving all the money I could I started my trip toward a new life.

The Voyage Over

Living in the east side of Ireland, before I even boarded the steamship I had to take a train to the nearest seaport which was hundreds of miles away. The trip across the ocean took about one and half weeks, there was tons of people there. I was placed in a third class, called "steerage". I stayed in a large, open space at the bottom of the ship packed with almost 3,000 people!

Arriving at Ellis Island

Thursday, June 24th 1847 at 6:45am

Ellis Island, Jersey City, NJ, United States

When I arrived to Ellis Island, I was sent to the Great Hall Registry Room where I went through almost four hours of medical and legal inspections. They checked my identity and then I was sent into the free world of the United States.

Citations

"Welcome to Immigration." Welcome to Immigration. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2015. <http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/immigration/tour/stop1.htm>.

http://www.ushistory.org/us/25f.asp

Immigrants Loading onto a Ship. N.d. N.p.

"BRIA 26 2 The Potato Famine and Irish Immigration to America - Constitutional Rights Foundation." BRIA 26 2 The Potato Famine and Irish Immigration to America - Constitutional Rights Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2015. <http://www.crf-usa.org/bill-of-rights-in-action/bria-26-2-the-potato-famine-and-irish-immigration-to-america.html>.