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The truth about coffin ships? (task 3)
Task 1     Task 2     Task 4     Teacher notes
 
Task 3: Coffin ships on the web
Does the memory of the coffin ships still live on today?

One of the best places to find out about how people remember past events is by searching the Internet.

In this task your job is to look at some web sites which comment on the coffin ships.

1. The History Place - Irish Famine:
http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/famine/coffin.htm
2. Out of Ireland - A Watery Grave:

http://personal.nbnet.nb.ca/rmcusack/Story-32.html                     (Extract in MS Word)
3. The Worst Coffin Ships:

http://www.obeirnefamily.cwc.net/issue6/worst_coffin_ships.htm.   (Extract in MS Word)

Your teacher may give you sections of these sites to look at, or let you search for your own.

After looking at one or more of the sites, compare the impression you get from this site with the impressions you formed in Tasks 1 and 2.
Record them in a table like this.

Aspect of the coffin ships 

What the Keegan diary saidWhat the web site(s) said 

Overcrowding 

 

  

Whether anyone made

profits from the emigrants

  

Food & water

 

  

Quality of the ships 

 

  

Conditions on board ship

 

  

Laws or regulations

 

  

Add other points or issues