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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Recounts the 1783 shipwreck of one of the East India Company's most prestigious ships, describing how ninety-one crew members and thirty-four wealthy passengers found themselves hundreds of miles from the nearest European outpost, disrupting native life on the unexplored coast of southeast Africa. 50,000 first printing.
  

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

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

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

User Review  - Roger Boyle - Goodreads

Outstanding! It may help if you like boats, but this story is terrifically well told and reconstructs beautifully what it was probably like to be on a ship in 1782, and to be wrecked on the African ... 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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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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