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

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The Grosvenor, a grand, three-masted East Indiaman, ran aground on the coast of southeast Africa in 1782. Taylor tells the story of the voyage, the wreck and what befell the survivors, castaway on a wild, unknown shore.

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""Caliban's Shore . . . is replete with disaster, yet it captures too the thrilling days of sail--the whiff of the goats in the holds, the slosh of the gundeck being swabbed with vinegar, the flaming a pink flush of the Indian Ocean at dawn."

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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. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

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