“The Loss of the Royal Charter”


The singer tells of a shipwreck near Ireland. 400 passengers sail from Melbourne and are approaching home (and have already dropped off some passengers) when a storm hits. The singer describes the storm, the wreck, and the deaths


Curiously, this song is a first-person account of a passenger on the _Charter_, and yet it says that "all on board would meet a watery grave." - RBW


  • Bodleian, Firth c.12(95), "Loss of the Royal Charter," unknown, no date


  1. SHenry H623, pp. 109-110, "The Loss of the Royal Charter" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9040
  3. BI, HHH623


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1935 (Sam Henry collection)
Found in: Ireland