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Irish emigrants humiliated on voyage to America
The 'St. Paul', the liner on which this incident took place Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Irish emigrants humiliated on voyage to America

New York, 15 June 1915 - The arrival in New York of the American liner St. Paul has brought stories of the humiliation of 300 Irish emigrants.

Many of the emigrants - all of them from Connacht - were forced to march about the decks carrying broom-sticks over their shoulders and wearing tin saucepans on their hands.

The sailors who oversaw the humiliation were mocking the failure of the men to enlist in the army.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.