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Survivors of Africa's Oceans

By Ian Uys

Softback with illustrated card covers, in good condition.


First edition, pp 184, b&w illustrations, appendix, bibliography, index.


First-hand accounts from the survivors of Africa's great sea disasters - among them the Sao Joao, Grosvenor, Birkenhead, Mendi, Laconia, Nova Scotia, Llandaff Castle and the Oceanos.


Back cover blurb: Survivors of sea disasters are ina class of their own. Those of Africa's oceans more so, for their survival depnded not only on overcoming the sea but on braving the dark continent as well.

From the mid-1500s we read of the Portugese and later British castaways through up on an inhospitable shore and their struggles to survive. The stoic discipline of young British soldiers who stood on the deck of the sinking Birkenhead was preceded by similar events a decade before in Table Bay and black soldiers 65 years later. Subjected to storms, pirates, shard-attacks, torpedoings, or being adrift for weeks on end - they survived and by doing so could tell in their own words how. Their first-hand recollections makes gripping reading....

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