“Loss of the Life-Boat Crew at Fethard”

Author: John Butler, Tipperary
Earliest date: 1948 (Ranson)
Keywords: drowning sea ship storm wreck sailor rescue
Found in: Ireland

Description

The life-boat goes out on a stormy night to try to rescue a Norwegian crew. "Early on next morning the sorrowful news went round." Wives and children find "husbands and fathers lying dead" on the Fethard shore.

Notes

February 20, 1914: "Nine members of the Fethard lifeboat were drowned when going to the assistance of the Norwegian steamer _Mexico_.... Eight of the Mexico's crew were saved by the five lifeboat survivors. All but one of the stranded survivors were saved with great difficulty the next day." (source: Bourke in _Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast_ v1, pp. 52-53) - BS

We note that at least four poems were written about this disaster (see the cross-references); one suspects a campaign to raise money for someone's family. - RBW

Historical references

Cross references

References

  1. Ranson, p. 104, "Loss of the Life-Boat Crew at Fethard" (1 text)
  2. BI, Ran104