A decade aboard the Geraldine – Cox Brothers, Waterford

On St Patrick’s Day 1880 the Waterford-owned sailing vessel Geraldine lay in New York.  Under British registry, the ship was supposed to fly its national flag, a requirement of any ship in a foreign port. 

However as it was St Patrick’s Day, the crew in an expression of national pride, hoisted the Green Ensign from her masthead, a flag that made obvious her Irish origin, but against the law.  It fluttered, proudly 160 feet above the dock.  The captain and crew departed.  Only a watchman remained. 

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