Posted: June 4th, 2008
Irish Escape
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Irish Escape revisits the story of what has been called the most outrageous escape story in the history of the high seas. In 1876, after 8 years of incarceration in Western Australia, 6 Irish political prisoners escaped on board the American whaler Catalpa. Under the pretext of a whaling voyage, the Catalpa and its unassuming captain had sailed from New Bedford to liberate the prisoners.

  • Patricia Farrell

    I’m sorry I missed this when it was originally on, I hope you’ll show it again. I had heard of John Devoy, but not of the Freemantle Six. I’m notifiying my friends that they can see it online.

  • senetra bell

    How many people die on the ship? Did the little boy find his little sister in the video clip? How old are you in this story? Win i watch this video clip i would wacth out for the stuff i need to know. I know that alot of people die in the story.Was it about 45 people that die,if it was i know that there family’s were upset and doing alot of crying.There were alot of childern that die.No more than 19 childern die.

  • Jerome Potts

    Throughout the film, i kept wondering about two things :
    1, How the convicts knew of Devoy’s whereabouts
    2, How they could correspond with him without their correspondence be censured by the penal system authorities. I read in the pages here that the letters were smuggled out of Freemantle, but the film never said so.

  • Ann Ellison

    Answers can be found IF you read the book!!!

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