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Wreck of the Abergavenny Alethea Hayter

Wreck of the Abergavenny

Alethea Hayter

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ISBN : 9780330491457
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222 pages
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In February 1805 the Earl of Abergavenny set sail in convoy from Portsmouth for a voyage to India and China, captained by John Wordsworth, the younger brother of the poet William Wordsworth. On board were more than 400 passengers and crew. Only threeMoreIn February 1805 the Earl of Abergavenny set sail in convoy from Portsmouth for a voyage to India and China, captained by John Wordsworth, the younger brother of the poet William Wordsworth. On board were more than 400 passengers and crew. Only three days later, separated from the convoy by stormy weather, the ship struck the notorious Shamble shoal in Weymouth bay and sank, drowning 260 souls including her Captain. From the harrowing accounts of the survivors and the detailed official and press reports if the disaster, The Wreck of the Abergavenny brilliant recreates this tragic event and its impact on Johns brother William and his friends Coleridge, Charles and Mary Lamb, and many others. Dramatic, haunting and engaging The Wreck of the Abergavenny is an intimate and beautifully observed view of a family and the effects of tragedy. It is a masterpiece of narrative non-fiction.