“The Mexico”

Author: John Codd
Earliest date: 1937 (Ranson)
Keywords: drowning sea ship storm wreck sailor rescue
Found in: Ireland


Mexico is wrecked on Keeragh rocks when the captain "lost his bearings." Fourteen Fethard men set out to rescue the crew "but their boat was smashed upon the rocks": Nine are drowned; the remaining five get the crew to an island and 12 are rescued.


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Historical references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


  1. Ranson, pp. 28-30, "The Mexico" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Ran028