Waterford to Newfoundland

Plaque on The Quay, Waterford City, Ireland
Plaque on The Quay, Waterford City, Ireland

This plaque which is on a wall opposite the River Suir on The Quay in Waterford City always stops me in my tracks and makes me wonder how it must have been for the thousands of people who made their way to Newfoundland from Waterford during the period from 1670-1810.

Standing on the Quay this morning, I was thinking of how the River Suir, which was at high tide,  was so important in terms of transportation back then.

River Suir, Waterford City
River Suir, Waterford City

And, it’s intriguing to think that the migrants  way back then would also have seen Reginald’s Tower which is just a stone’s throw from where they departed.

Reginald's Tower, Waterford City
Reginald’s Tower, Waterford City


Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and I love to write both non-fiction and poetry.

12 thoughts on “Waterford to Newfoundland”

  1. Awesome Jean. Imagine – that trip across the Atlantic in those years would have been epic – I imagine a great many perished. Amazing. Thank you for sharing that.

    1. Hi Paul, I find it hard to imagine it, though there’s a ‘Famine Ship’ in nearby New Ross which gives an idea of the kind of ships that were around in the 1840s that sailed from Ireland across the Atlantic. What they were like in the 1600s is another matter.

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