“The Aranmore Disaster”


The boat carrying "lads ... coming from the Scottish harvest fields" lands at Burton Port. Passengers reembark "for the Island but they never reach the shore ... The little boat ... did sail but only one of the score survived to tell the tale"


Ranson: Tune is "The Wreck of the Eliza" on p. 56.

Burtonport is on the northwest Donegal coast. Aranmore is a nearby island. - BS

Historical references

  • Nov 9, 1935 - "... a ferry carrying passengers from Burtonport to Aranmore struck the rock near the pier on Aranmore.... Their boat struck in darkness and 19 of the 20 aboard were lost." (source: Bourke in _Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast_ v1, p. 209)

Cross references


  1. Ranson, pp. 125-126, "The Aranmore Disaster" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Ran125


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1948 (Ranson)
Found in: Ireland