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A Lone Emigrant

John Power, was an ordinary Waterford man and like so many of his contemporaries, an ordinary emigrant.

Born in Waterford in 1833, he left his native county nineteen years later in 1852, travelling alone, but with 183 other souls, on the famine ship ‘Orinoco’, direct from Waterford to New York.

His name now appears, along with countless others on the new Irish Emigrant Database, online for free at the website of the Dunbrody Famine Ship, in New Ross.  What became of John Power ?  What went through his mind as he sailed for a final time down our magnificent harbour, out past Hook Head and away across the Atlantic ?  Did he have descendants ?  Did he ever come home ?

John Power, just one common farming man, amongst thousands, who sailed over the horizon …