“The Lofty Cavavaille”


The French barque Cavavaille under Captain Ormsby strikes Blackwater sand-bank on December 18. Though freed once from the sand, they are cast up on Blackwater beach, "to pieces split," and 27 are lost. The rich cargo from exotic lands is summarized.

Historical references

  • Dec 18, 1768 - Cavavile wrecked on Blackwater Bank; Captain Ormsby and 27 crew lost (source: Bourke in _Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast_ v1, p. 71)


  1. Ranson, pp. 120-121, "The Lofty Cavavaille" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #7347
  3. BI, Ran120


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1937 (Ranson)
Found in: Ireland