“The Wreck of the Lady Shearbrooke”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1883 (Smith/Hatt)
Keywords: love separation ship wreck disaster reunion
Found in: Ireland Canada(Mar)


The singer recalls sailing on the Lady Shearbrooke, and describes how the ship was wrecked on the rocks, with only 33 surviving. Upon returning to the banks of the Foyle, he sees Mary Doyle lamenting her lost love. He steps up and reveals himself


Smith/Hatt has the captain's name as Henry Gambols; Northern Shipwrecks Database has it as Henry Gambles. NSDB has various numbers of lost among the crew and cargo of immigrants: for example, 30/306, 30/360, 36/575 saved/total. - BS

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Cross references


  1. SHenry H570, pp. 310-311, "Mary Doyle/The Wreck of the Lady Shearbrooke" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Smith/Hatt, pp. 79-82, "The Ship Lady Sherbrooke" (1 text)
  3. Roud #1974
  4. BI, HHH570