Some of the ancestors I am researching are Patrick Fay, Patrick Cavanagh, and Mary Murray. They seem to have all come to the U.S. in the 1840’s or 1850’s. I don’t have photographs of them but I can use photos of the time to imagine what their trip and arrival must have looked like.
City of New York, sketched by C Parsons, 1856, from http://www.loc.gov/item/90715981/
New-York von der Seeseite aus gesehen–Des auswanderers Sehnsucht, ca. 1850.
Print shows a bird’s-eye view of New York harbor and waterfront buildings, with ships in the foreground.
By Hesse, Johann Friederick, 1792-.