|Jeanie Johnston Chronicle
Jeanie Johnston arrived home
to Fenit, Co. Kerry, Ireland
on Thursday 6th November, 2003
On a bright and blustery November morning, the Jeanie Johnston returned home to Fenit, Co. Kerry after nine months away. Those nine months have seen the ship cross the Atlantic twice, in difficult conditions, tour 23 ports along the Eastern seaboard of the US and Canada, welcome 100,000 visitors onto her decks, and become Ireland's prominent and popular Ambassador, honouring the Irish emigrants of the famine years and sharing peace and goodwill wherever she has visited.
Jeanie was sighted in Tralee Bay shortly after 10am on Thursday 6th November and she tied up just before midday in the same berth from which she set sail for the US last February.The Captain and crew looked tired, but happy to be home - weather conditions have been challenging in the Atlantic during the voyage home. Extremely high seas and force 10 gales tested Jeanie to the limit in the past few days, but the ship took the worst the weather could send and proved once again how strong and well constructed she is. An enthusiastic crowd waved and cheered as Jeanie inched her way alongside Fenit pier, wives and children of the crew straining to see their loved ones once more.
The ship will be moored at Customs House Quay in Dublin, and will be open to visitors on Saturday and Sunday 28/29th November, then every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Friday 5th December to Sunday 11th January, excepting Fri 26th December, St. Stephen's Day.
After that we will have to wait and see who the new owners of the Jeanie Johnston will be and what their plans are, but Hugh Friel of Kerry Group has made assurances that Jeanie will stay in Irish ownership. Everyone hopes that the ship will make more voyages as a sail training vessel and make another US tour of those cities missed this year.