“The Alert”


Alert completes its outward course. Homeward bound, on passing through Gibraltar they meet fog and storm. The crew pray on deck and shake hands; the ship sinks. Captain Butler and his crew are mourned by wives and orphans in Wexford town.

Historical references

  • Feb 21, 1839: "The Alert was lost of Wexford.... The crew were lost" homeward bound from Galatz (source: Bourke in _Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast_ v3, p. 54; Ranson)


  1. Ranson, pp. 65-67, "The Alert" (1 text)
  2. BI, Ran064


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1943 (Ranson)
Found in: Ireland