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March 27, 1880 -- Ireland


NH 55377:  USS Constellation (1855-1953), off Haudbowline, Cork Harbor, Ireland, circa April 1880, when she carried famine relief supplies to the country.   NHHC Photograph Collection.
Caption: NH 55377: USS Constellation (1855-1953), off Haudbowline, Cork Harbor, Ireland, circa April 1880, when she carried famine relief supplies to the country. NHHC Photograph Collection.


G5781.F71.1893.B3.TIL:  Map of Ireland, circa 1893.  Courtesy of the Library of Congress.  Geography and Map Division.
Caption: G5781.F71.1893.B3.TIL: Map of Ireland, circa 1893. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. Geography and Map Division.

The sloop of war, Constellation, departed New York with food for famine victims in Ireland.  To modify the sloop for the mission, her armament and some ballast were removed.  Navy Yard carpenters built bins on the orlop deck to carry a cargo of over 2,500 barrels of potatoes and flour.  Reaching Queenstown on April 20, she offloaded the cargo onto lighters and took on ballast for the return trip.  


NH 55378:  USS Constellation (1855-1953), loading famine relief supplies for Ireland at New York City Navy Yard, March 1880.   NHHC Photograph Collection.
Caption: NH 55378: USS Constellation (1855-1953), loading famine relief supplies for Ireland at New York City Navy Yard, March 1880. NHHC Photograph Collection.

NH 55379:   USS Constellation (1855-1953) during her famine relief mission to Ireland in 1880.   NHHC Photograph Collection.
Caption: NH 55379: USS Constellation (1855-1953) during her famine relief mission to Ireland in 1880. NHHC Photograph Collection.

NH 91725:   USS Constellation (1855-1953), officers pose with welcoming officials at Cork, Ireland, upon her arrival with Irish relief supplies, 1880.   NHHC Photograph Collection.
Caption: NH 91725: USS Constellation (1855-1953), officers pose with welcoming officials at Cork, Ireland, upon her arrival with Irish relief supplies, 1880. NHHC Photograph Collection.
Published: Wed Apr 15 06:06:46 EDT 2020