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Caliban's Shore: The Wreck of the Grosvenor…

Caliban's Shore: The Wreck of the Grosvenor and the Strange Fate of Her…

by Stephen Taylor

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"The Grosvenor was one of the finest East Indiamen of her day, a grand three-masted square-rigger of 741 tons bristling with 26 cannon. When she ran aground on the treacherous coast of south-east Africa, an astonishing number of her crew and passengers, including women and children, reached the shore safely. But the castaways were hundreds of miles from the nearest European outpost - and utterly ignorant of their surroundings and the people among whom they found themselves." "Stephen Taylor pieces together this extraordinary saga with tremendous narrative flair. Drawing upon much new research, he sifts the myths that became attached to the Grosvenor from a reality that is no less gripping. Taking the reader to the heart of what is now the Wild Coast of Pondoland, The Caliban Shore reveals the misunderstandings that led to tragedy, tells the story of those who escaped and unravels the mystery of those who stayed."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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A thorough and well-researched account of the 1782 wreck of the East Indiaman Grosvenor along the coast of what is now South Africa. Taylor's tracked down some excellent sources, and certainly makes the most of them. ( )
  JBD1 | Feb 16, 2014 |
Interesting history of early south africa. ( )
  travelledguy | Jan 3, 2012 |
A very entertain true survival tale of shipwrecked survivors in Africa at the turn of the nineteenth century. ( )
  LarrySouders | Feb 10, 2011 |
An account of the fate of the Grosvenor, an East Indiaman that ran aground off the coast of Africa on its way from India to the U.K. Personal histories mixed with investigation. I was not surprised that the survivors of the grounding split into smaller groups, but the fact that the women and injured being abandoned was shocking. I suppose we have spent so long hearing "Women and Children first". ( )
  soffitta1 | Nov 9, 2008 |
I liked it. It's about a shipwreck on the African coast. It seems there are many of these shipwreck stories from the age of sail.

The story itself is basically an "everything that could go wrong" tale; it does not end well for most of those involved. I think "harrowing" pretty much sums it up. ( )
  rakerman | Aug 19, 2006 |
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