“The Trader”


The singer tells of the wreck of the Trader, bound from Galway to London. A dream warns the Captain of disaster. A storm blows up; the rudder is wrecked; the ship goes aground; seven of the crew are drowned. The singer hopes they will be remembered

Cross references

  • cf. "Ye Banks and Braes of Bonnie Doon" (tune)


  1. SHenry H11, pp. 110-111, "The Trader" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #2952
  3. BI, HHH011


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1924 (Sam Henry collection; reportedly found in an 1827 broadside)
Found in: Ireland