“The Wreck of the Gwendoline”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1965 (OLochlainn-More)
Keywords: river commerce ship storm humorous wreck sailor
Found in: Ireland


The singer is cabin-boy on the Clonmel river boat Gwendoline. A storm comes up and they run aground. They walk ashore and go home by "ass an' car" Twenty horses pull her out of the weeds "but never more, by sea or shore, Will sail the Gwendoline"


Clonmel, South Tipperary, is on the river Suir. - BS

Cross references


  1. OLochlainn-More, pp. 257-258, "The Wreck of the Gwendoline" (1 text)
  2. BI, OLcM257