“The Wreck of the Kinsale”


Kinsale leaves the Clyde for France November 18. In heavy winds and seas "'The engine's broke,' our captain said" and she drifts into the cliffs. A wealthy lady offers 500 pounds "to be secure" but drowns. From shore two Hook ladies rescue four.


Ranson: The singer said "the ballad was composed by a man named Carroll, a schoolmaster, in Templetown, at the time of the wreck. The bell of the 'Kinsale' hangs above the entrance to Duncannon school yard." - BS

Historical references

  • Nov 21, 1872: Kinsale's engine shaft snaps and ship is driven against a cliff; three of crew of nineteen and one passenger are saved (source: Bourke in _Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast_ v1, p. 75)


  1. Ranson, pp. 36-37, "The Wreck of the Kinsale" (1 text)
  2. BI, Ran036


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