School: Dunmanus, Toormore

Dunmanus East, Co. Cork
Helena Lucey
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0288, Page 159

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  1. When the Memphis she left Montreal
    The weather it was fine
    Said the Captain to his officers
    We'll have a jolly time
    But when they reached the Irish coast
    There came a heavy fog
    And the Captain lost his reckoning
    Though an error in the log
    The look-out man in the fo'castle
    He thought he saw a light
    He took it to be the Fastnet
    But sorry I am to say
    It was by that fatal error
    We were wrecked on Dunlough Bay
    We lowered the starboard lifeboat
    And got her fully manned.
    When the crew were getting into her
    The after tackle jammed
    A heavy sea came rolling on
    And swept the boat around.
    The crew were in the water.
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