“The SS Leinster Lass”


The singer wanders by the Clyde when the Leinster Lass comes into view. The singer boasts of the ship, its crew, its band, its flag. He wishes success to ship and crew


Lani Herrmann notes the oddity of a steamship being called upon to "reef and steer." This occurs in the final verse, which also seems to show a change in perspective (from an onlooker on the shore to, apparently, a crewmember). One must suspect this verse is intrusive. Not unusual in songs of this type. - RBW


  1. SHenry H808, p. 98, "The S[team]s[hip] Leinster Lass" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. McBride 46, "The Leinster Lass" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #13367
  4. BI, HHH808


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1939 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: nonballad ship
Found in: Ireland