In 1847 100,000 Irish people traveled to Grosse Ile, the Quebec port of entry, trying to escape starvation during the potato famine.
By 31 May 1847, forty ships packed with over 12,000 passengers were waiting in the harbor. Many died of “ship fever,” typhus or cholera.
Aliah O’Neill tells the tragic story, “Ghosts of the Great Hunger Irish at Grosse Ile, Canada” at Irish Central. Read it here: www.irishcentral.com/roots/the-ghosts-of-grosse-ile-93284319-237694491.html
Some of those who died in 1847 and were buried in mass graves on the island are named in the article.