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This book has been released under the following alternate titles:-
Shipwreck! The Royal Navy's Disasters at Sea 1793-1849

Few purchasers of this book will find themselves disappointed by its contents. It concerns naval disasters and, appalling as many of them are, they make compulsive reading. Shipwreck was no rare occurrence during the great age of sail and it came in many terrible forms exacerbated-during the long wars with France-by the intervention of an enemy. Britannia ruled the waves, so these incidents unfold in the freezing waters of the North Sea to the ice locked Polar regions and the steaming tropics of the Malay Peninsula. Brave ships came to grief in squalls, in fires, run aground on sands, dashed on rocks, crushed in ice and in compound accidents which will have the reader groaning with exasperation and sympathy for the crews who had to endure them. Here are tales of the Ajax, the Amphion, the Queen Charlotte, the Hindostan, the Venerable and many more. Every story is told in fascinating detail and includes first hand accounts by the survivors. Here are revealed feats of endurance, suffering and bravery by the sailors of the Royal Navy. Their ordeals include cannibalism, pirates, shark attack, treks across ice, imprisonment and every force Nature could contrive to hurl against them. This book is a must-particularly for those who are fascinated by the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars.

  • Author: W. S. Gilly
  • Title: Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy between 1793 and 1849
  • First Published by: John W. Parker
  • First Published Place: London
  • First Published Format: HC
  • First Published Date: 1850

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