Figure head of the Minnehaha

Contributed by Harbour Museum

This is the figure head from the Minnehaha which was the flagship of the McCorkell Shipping Line in Derry

The Minnehaha weighed 1127 tons and cost $72,000 to build. It was known as the "Green Yacht of Derry".The Minnehaha is named after the heroine of Longfellow's epic poem "The Song of Hiawatha". The McCorkell Line operated from 1778, mainly carrying passengers from Ireland, Scotland and England to the Americas. For twelve years the Minnehaha carried passengers to New York, where she was known as "the Green Yacht from Derry". She was also a Baltimore grain carrier and a timber drogher until she was sold in 1895. The Minnehaha was one of the few ships to trade in New York to the Federal side during the American Civil War. This impressive ship was practically the last great locally owned vessel to be involved in trans-atlantic shipping before the advent of steam power, which eventually caused the McCorkell Line to close in 1896. The significance of this trade and migration is global and still resonates today in the links between Ireland and North America.

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