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I think of an unlucky traveler,
The arguably greatest one ever.

Indeed, from Munster now she's far away,
She'd be by now over 200 years.

Her only target was the big apple,
Oh, but how the fog did detain her.

On her way she went, with a zoo,
Plus Barney, Jimmy and the crew.

Eve of the 8th year, a huge rock did hit her,
Released all the bones, and her trip was over.

The answer is a name.

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    $\begingroup$ This is my fist puzzle here, and English is not my first language. Any feedback appreciated $\endgroup$ – Bálint Budavölgyi May 10 '18 at 6:42
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I think it's

The Irish Rover

The clues are basically

lyrics from the song

Not quite clear about the opening, maybe it's just a general description of the rest:

I think of an unlucky traveler / The arguably greatest one ever.

Or it could be a reference to

We'd an elegant craft, it was rigged 'fore and aft / And how the trade winds drove her / She had twenty-three masts and she stood several blasts

Indeed, from Munster now she's far away / She'd be by now over 200 years.

In the year of our Lord, eighteen hundred and six / We set sail from the Coal Quay of Cork (Cork is in the province of Munster)

Her only target was the big apple, / Oh, but how the fog did detain her.

She was bound "For the fine city hall of New York" .... "And the ship lost her way in a fog"

On her way she went, with a zoo,

We had five million hogs, we had six million dogs

Plus Barney, Jimmy and the crew.

There was Barney Magee from the banks of the Lee / There was Hogan from County Tyrone / There was Johnny McGurk who was scared stiff of work ....

Eve of the 8th year,

We had sailed seven years when the measles broke out / And our ship lost her way in a fog

a huge rock did hit her

Then the ship struck a rock

Not sure about the bones, might be

in a different version of the song.

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  • $\begingroup$ Good answer! How do you think the fact that rot13(svefg yrggref fcryy "vg vf ubbcre") ties into this? $\endgroup$ – Riley May 10 '18 at 12:42
  • $\begingroup$ Perfect! Congratulations! rot13(Gur obarf ner sebz n qvssrerag irefvba, vaqrrq: "Jr unq sbhe zvyyvba oneeryf bs obarf". Gur gvgyr jnf n uvag gung vg'f n fbat. Naq nyfb vs lbh ernq gur svefg yrggre bs gur 1fg yvar, gur ynfg yrggre bs gu 2aq yvar, gur svefg bs gur 3eq, naq fb ba... Lbh trg: VEVFU EBJRE) $\endgroup$ – Bálint Budavölgyi May 10 '18 at 12:47
  • $\begingroup$ @BálintBudavölgyi Does this mean my observation was a coincidence? $\endgroup$ – Riley May 10 '18 at 12:50
  • $\begingroup$ rot13(Vg jnf vagragvbanyyl, ohg gb or zvfyrnqvat n ovg. Ubjrire gurer jrer nobhg 13 zvyyvba oneeryf ba gur fuvc, fb gurl arrqrq n srj tbbq ubbcref (zrnavat: na byq snfuvbarq jbeq sbe n crefba jub znxrf be ercnvef pnfxf naq oneeryf).) $\endgroup$ – Bálint Budavölgyi May 10 '18 at 13:01
  • $\begingroup$ Mick - may I suggest adding a link to Wikipedia for the item in your first spoiler block? For those of us who don't know it (like me), it would be a small convenience. Reading that alongside your explanations was very helpful for me. $\endgroup$ – Phylyp May 10 '18 at 13:12

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