Departure of the Nimrod and Athlone Steamers


“. . . The sketch which I send you represents one of those weekly scenes, and from which I trust your readers will have some notion of the bustle and excitement that takes place upon those occasions, and when the incidents sometimes witnessed at the parting of friends and relations are truly heart-touching. During the existence of the low fares, it was more than once stated that ‘some of the emigrants were wretched and miserable-looking beings.’ At present it is the bone and sinew of the land that appear to go out, and even those in more than comfortable circumstances are often among the number, as the immense sums of money sent into this country from relatives in America testify.”

Illustrated London News, May 10, 1851