“The Alfred D Snow”


Alfred D Snow is bound from San Francisco to Liverpool with a cargo of grain. The ship breaks up on the sand. Captain Willie signals hoping for help from Dunmore. The lifeguards and the Dauntless arrive too late. Only seven bodies are recovered.

Historical references

  • Jan 1, 1888 - "The Alfred D Snow ... was driven ashore on sandbanks at Broomhill.... Captain Willie and 24 crew were drowned." "... the tug Dauntless approached within half a mile but could get no closer. The Dunmore lifeboat crew refused to launch...." (source: Bourke in _Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast_ v1, p. 74, v3, p.66)

Cross references


  1. Ranson, pp. 116-117, "The Alfred D Snow" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Ran116


Author: Michael O'Brien "the famous ballad-maker" (Ranson)
Earliest date: 1948 (Ranson)
Found in: Ireland