An epic tale of Shipwreck, human endeavour and survival in the age of sail.
On the night of 19 August 1792 the East India company ship Winterton struck a reef off the coast of Madagascar. As the ship broke up and her precious cargo of silver dollars was lost to the surf, the passengers and crew were forced to take to the sea in improvised rafts. Traumatised, dehydrated and exhausted, some of them spent days at sea before they finally reached the shore. One of the senior surviving officers, John Dale, organised a daring rescue mission in the Wintertons one remaining boat. Without proper charts and at the mercy of the currents, Dale set out with a small crew towards the Mozambique mainland. With luck, he hoped to return with a ship in a few weeks.
288 pages HB