“The Mail Boat Leinster”


On October 10, 1918, "the Dublin Mail Boat Leinster was sunk in the Irish Sea" by a German submarine. "The passengers, their life-belts on, unto the boats repair, While cries for help do rend the skies in sad and wild despair."


Ranson: Tune is "Poulshone Fishermen" on p. 102. - BS

Historical references

  • Oct 10, 1918: World War I. Leinster with 680 passengers sunk "by torpedoes fired by a German submarine U 123 .... Of the total of 757 aboard 501 were lost" (source: Bourke in _Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast_ v1, p. 32)


  1. Ranson, p. 35, "The Mail Boat, Leinster" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #7344
  3. BI, Ran035


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1946 (Ranson)
Found in: Ireland