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My secret diary


My name is Annie MOORE

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I live in Ireland in Cork

I have 2 brothers. Their names are Anthony and Philip, they are 11 and 7 years old.

I have 2 sisters, 1 mother and 1 father : in 1888, they moved to New York City to flee poverty, to make a fortune.

We will soon join our parents.


years old

Me and my brothers

Sunday, December 20th

We left Queenstown aboard the S.S. Nevada.

We are 148 steerage passengers, we are 3rd class passengers because we are poor.

We are staying in the steerage, we just took a suitcase full of rags, some photos, some pennies and some food.

I'm sad to leave my country but happy to join my parents and my sisters.

My family

Monday, December 21st

We will spend 12 days at sea.

There are other immigrants with us. They come from Italy, Poland and Russia mainly to flee poverty.


Tuesday, December 22nd

On board, it is dark, uncomfortable and dangerous.

Sanitation is also poor.

There are no doctors on the boat.

Toilets are scarce and there is not enough fresh water for everyone.

Today, we celebrated Christmas.

Friday, December 25th

My brothers gave me a bracelet.

I gave a toy car to each of them.

We danced and sang.

We ate well. The boat was decorated.

To pass the time we play cards, we dance.

Sunday, December 27th

We look at the sea.

We are bored...

Thursday, December 31st

I can see the Statue of Liberty in the distance. We’ve just arrived in New York City. The Statue of Liberty is the symbol of freedom.

We celebrated New Year’s Eve with the other passengers. I'm happy… tomorrow is my birthday.

I didn't have time to take pictures...

Friday, January 1st


Friday, January 1st

Next stop : Ellis Island. The journey lasted 12 days. I am the first migrant to pass through Ellis Island, I got a 10 dollar gold coin as a gift from an immigration officer.

I have to go through a big building with my brothers. We had a medical visit to find out if we had any illnesses.

Friday, January 1st

Our new life can begin... I will tell the rest of my life later. I'MMMMMMM HAAAAAPPPPPPPPPPYYYYYYYYYYY

Bye Bye..