“Bold McCarthy (The City of Baltimore)”


Bold McCarthy sails from Liverpool (as a stowaway) on the City of Baltimore. An argument with the mate turns into a fight, and the Irishman handily defeats the mate (and several others). The captain appoints McCarthy an officer


The Inman line of steamers, active starting in 1850, had a history of naming ships "The City of X," e.g. the _City of Philadelphia_, the _City of Manchester_ (see John Malcolm Brinnin, _The Sway of the Grand Saloon: A Social History of the North Atlantic_ (1986, pp. 208-209). I have found no references to the _City of Baltimore_ in my sources, but that may be just as well; Inman line ships seem to have become famous mostly for spectacular wrecks. The line was at its peak from about 1855-1880. - RBW


  1. Laws K26, "Bold McCarthy (The City of Baltimore)"
  2. Doerflinger, pp. 128-129, "The City of Baltimore (Bold McCarthy)" (1+ texts, 1 tune)
  3. Greenleaf/Mansfield 174, "Bold McCarthy" (1 text)
  4. Peacock, pp. 860-861, "Bold McCarthy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Smith/Hatt, p. 46, "The City of Baltimore" (1 fragment)
  6. Creighton-NovaScotia 58, "City of Baltimore" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Ranson, pp. 54-55, "The City of Baltimore" (1 text, 1 tune)\
  8. Ives-DullCare, pp. 187-189,242, "Bold McCarthy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. Manny/Wilson 62, "The City of Baltimore (Bold McCarthy)" (1 text, 1 tune)
  11. Roud #1800
  12. BI, LK26


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1929 (Greenleaf/Mansfield)
Keywords: sea fight rambling
Found in: Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland