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The Wreck of the Abergavenny: One of Britain's Greatest Maritime Disasters and its Links to Literary Genius

  • Author:
    Hayter, Alethea
  • Publisher:
    Macmillan, London, 2002
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  • Edition text:
    First edition
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  • Book condition:
    Very Good
  • Jacket condition:
    Very Good
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Macmillan, London, 2002. First edition. Book condition: very good and unread. Dust jacket: very good. Unclipped and with only minor edge wear. Spine slightly faded. In February 1805 The Earl of Abergavenny, one of the largest of the East India Company's ships, set sail in convoy from Portsmouth for a voyage round the world to India and China. Her captain, John Wordsworth, was the younger brother of the poet William Wordsworth. Three days later, separated from the convoy by stormy weather, the ship struck the notorious Shambles Shoal in Wymouth Bay and sank, drowning 260 souls including her captain. Dramatic, haunting and engaging, this book is an intimate and beautifully observed view of a family and the effects of a tragedy. A masterpiece of narrative non fiction.

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