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George Carter

The Wreck of the Grosvenor (reprint)

Published: Van Riebeeck Society, Cape Town, 2008

Edition: reprint

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Softbound facsimile reprint, THE WRECK OF THE GROSVENOR: containing a Narrative of the Loss of The Grosvenor, East Indiaman, wrecked on the Coast of Caffraria, 1782; by Mr.George Carter from the examination of John Hynes,one of the survivors: And JOURNAL OF A JOURNEY from the Cape of Good Hope undertaken in 1790 and 1791, by Jacob Van Reenen and others of his Countrymen, in Search of the Wreck of the Honourable The East India Company's Ship The Grosvenor to discover if there remained alive any of the unfortunate sufferers. With additional notes, and a map by Capt. Edward Riou (1792). With a Preface by C. Graham Botha, M.A., Van Riebeeck Society for the Publication of Southern African Historical Documents, fold-out map, 207 pages,145 x 205mm, condition:very good.

The Grosvenor was a three-masted East Indiaman of 729 ton displacement on her return voyage (to England) when she was wrecked ( 4 August 1782 ) on the Pondoland coast. She was carrying a crew of 132 and 18 passengers (12 adults and 6 children) with a cargo valued at £75,000. Of the 123 survivors, only 18 reached Cape Town and were repatriated to England. the remainder dying of their injuries or trying to reach safety. Others were killed , or joined local Bantu tribes. This latter aspect is still contentious and is covered by Hazel Crampton in 'The Sunburnt Queen' and Stephen Taylor's, 'Caliban's Shore: The Wreck of the Grosvenor and the Strange Fate of Her Survivors'.These facsimile reprints were originally published in 1791 and 1792.

  • Overall Condition: very good
  • Size: 145 x 205mm

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