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Voyage of mercy : the USS Jamestown, the Irish famine, and the remarkable story of America's first humanitarian mission  Cover Image Book Book

Voyage of mercy : the USS Jamestown, the Irish famine, and the remarkable story of America's first humanitarian mission / Stephen Puleo.

Puleo, Stephen, (author.).


"The remarkable story of the mission that inspired a nation to donate massive relief to Ireland during the potato famine and began America's tradition of providing humanitarian aid around the world More than 5,000 ships left Ireland during the great potato famine in the late 1840s, transporting the starving and the destitute away from their stricken homeland. The first vessel to sail in the other direction, to help the millions unable to escape, was the USS Jamestown, a converted warship, which left Boston in March 1847 loaded with precious food for Ireland. In an unprecedented move by Congress, the warship had been placed in civilian hands, stripped of its guns, and committed to the peaceful delivery of food, clothing, and supplies in a mission that would launch America's first full-blown humanitarian relief effort. Captain Robert Bennet Forbes and the crew of the USS Jamestown embarked on a voyage that began a massive eighteen-month demonstration of soaring goodwill against the backdrop of unfathomable despair-one nation's struggle to survive, and another's effort to provide a lifeline. The Jamestown mission captured hearts and minds on both sides of the Atlantic, of the wealthy and the hardscrabble poor, of poets and politicians. Forbes' undertaking inspired a nationwide outpouring of relief that was unprecedented in size and scope, the first instance of an entire nation extending a hand to a foreign neighbor for purely humanitarian reasons. It showed the world that national generosity and brotherhood were not signs of weakness, but displays of quiet strength and moral certitude. In Voyage of Mercy, Stephen Puleo tells the incredible story of the famine, the Jamestown voyage, and the commitment of thousands of ordinary Americans to offer relief to Ireland, a groundswell that provided the collaborative blueprint for future relief efforts, and established the United States as the leader in international aid. The USS Jamestown's heroic voyage showed how the ramifications of a single decision can be measured not in days, but in decades."-- Provided by publisher.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781250200471
  • ISBN: 1250200474
  • Physical Description: xviii, 313 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2020.

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [283]-303) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
"The distress is universal" -- "Blest by God, and cursed by man" -- "The year of decision" -- "I was born to a higher purpose" -- "Remember, dearest wife, the trouble and misery of that last year" -- "The calamities of Ireland . . . have touched all American hearts" -- "I beseech you-what you do, do quickly" -- "Europe stretches her hand to America for aid" -- "We can make the bounty national" -- "The living envy the dead" -- "Thousands have disappeared" -- "The greater part of them are anxious to go" -- "What hope is there for a nation which lives on potatoes?" -- "Are you going to abandon us?" -- "It is not an everyday matter to see a nation starving" -- "Contributions . . . on a scale unparalleled in history" -- "Thousands desirous to . . . greet the illustrious stranger" -- "I saw enough in five minutes to horrify me" -- "Not so much soup for the poor as poor soup" -- "I became enlisted in behalf of this good cause" -- "The food should be distributed as soon as possible" -- "Young America opens a new page in its destiny" -- "Our deliverer in the hour of bitter calamity" -- "The happiest event of my life" -- "Good came instead of evil" -- "Cannot but sow seeds of hatred" -- "The magnitude . . . of these supplies is really astonishing" -- "An Irishman looks on America as the refuge of his race" -- "My mission among you closes today" -- "Haul up! Haul up!" -- "The greatest social calamity . . . that Ireland has ever experienced" -- "To their friends and kindred beyond the sea."
Subject: Ireland > History > Famine, 1845-1852.
Famines > Ireland > History > 19th century.
Food relief > Ireland > History > 19th century.
Jamestown (Sloop of war) > History.
Food relief, American > Ireland.
United States > Foreign economic relations > Ireland.
Ireland > Foreign economic relations > United States.
Forbes, R. B. (Robert Bennet), 1804-1889.
Mathew, Theobald, 1790-1856.
HISTORY / Europe / Ireland.
HISTORY / Military / Naval.
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century.
Ireland > History.
United States > Foreign economic relations.
Genre: History.

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