“The Wreck of the Eliza”


Barquentine Eliza is wrecked "at the fatal sand of Cahore Point" by hurricane winds. Rescue attempts by rocket line and life-boat fail though the life-boat itself returns safely.


Cahore Point is south of the town of Gorey in northeast Wexford. According to the ballad it is "some leagues away" from home. - BS

Historical references

  • Dec 24, 1895 - "The Eliza was lost at Cahore point"; three of the crew were rescued. (source: Bourke in _Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast_ v1, p. 52)

Cross references


  1. Ranson, pp. 56-57, "The Wreck of the Eliza" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Ran056


Author: Pat Ennis of Cahore
Earliest date: 1945 (Ranson)
Found in: Ireland