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

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - History - 297 pages
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IN THE SUMMER OF 1783 the grandees of the East India Company were horrified to learn that one of their finest ships, the 741-ton "Grosvenor, had been lost on the wild and unexplored coast of southeast Africa. Astonishingly, most of those on board reached the shore safely--91 members of the crew and 34 wealthy, high-born passengers, including women and children. They were hundreds of miles from the nearest European outpost--and they were not alone. "They surveyed one another with mutual incomprehension: on the one hand the dishevelled castaways; on the other, black warriors with high conical hairstyles, daubed with red mud. . . ." Drawing upon unpublished material and new research, Stephen Taylor pieces together the strands of this compelling saga, sifting the myths from a reality that is no less gripping. Full of unexpected twists, "Caliban's Shore takes the reader to the heart of what is now South Africa, to analyze the misunderstandings that led to tragedy, to tell the story of those who returned, and to unravel the mystery of those who stayed.
  

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

User Review  - Donna - Goodreads

The story of the Grosvenor, an English ship that sank off the west coast of Africa in 1782, is fascinating. Most of the officers, passengers, and crew made it to shore, where they decided to walk down ... Read full review

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User Review  - Fredrick Danysh - Goodreads

In 1781 the East Indiaman of 741 tons was sailing the India Ocean off the southern coast of Africa when she encountered a storm and sank. This is the story leading up to the tragedy and of the ... Read full review

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Contents

A Man of High Character
3
Lord Macartneys Displeasure
20
Island of Oak
33
A Light in the Dark
53
Nothing but Confusion and Dismay
67
The Caliban Shore
79
Pondos People
94
A Fatal Dread
104
The Vilest Brutish Prostitution
180
African Crusoes
195
The Quest
207
Our Fathers Are Come
219
Gqumas Tribe
230
When the Long Tricks Over
243
Epilogue
253
Acknowledgements
261

Never After Together Again
115
Faultlines
125
Habberleys Mission
135
A Sacred Charge
145
Caliban Transformed
157
The Fate of William Hosea
170
Sources
263
Notes
269
List of Illustrations
285
Index
287
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About the author (2004)

Raised in South Africa, STEPHEN TAYLOR has been a correspondent for British and U.S. newspapers in Africa, Asia, and Australia. He lives in England. This is his fourth book.

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