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At the other end of the Ellis Island experience

By Rick Steves

This article was published April 15, 2018 at 2:28 a.m.

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In Dublin, the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship re-creates the harsh conditions the Irish faced escaping the potato famine. On a famine ship, entire families often shared one six-foot-square berth.

European emigrants crowd a dock in Antwerp, Belgium, before boarding a Red Star Line ship for New York.

Every year millions of Americans visit Ellis Island, where their ancestors might have arrived from "the old country." But Europe has many excellent "Ellis Islands in reverse" -- museums at the places where millions said goodbye to the land of their birth.

European emigrants crowd a dock in Antwerp, Belgium, before boarding a Red Star Line ship for New York.

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