On 25 August 1833, the chartered transport Amphitrite set sail from London, its 16 crew, 100 female prisoners and their children bound for an Australian convict colony. Days later, and before a crowd of helpless onlookers, the ship would break up off Boulogne, drowning all but three on board. This erudite account of the tragedy also examines the Admiralty’s investigation of the captain who, inexplicably, refused help offered from the shore.
War, Revolution and Society in the Rio de la Plata, 1808-1810: Thomas
Kinder's Narrative of a Journey to Madeira,Montevideo & Buenos Aires
Thomas Kinder was an English banker whose voyage to the Rio de la Plata followed the ill-fated British attempts to capture Buenos Aires in 1806-7. Kinder gathered information about the British campaigns, became familiar with the leading figures of the revolutionary era and provided a first-hand account of social conditions and the beginnings of revolution in Montevideo and Buenos Aires during his stay in those cities. His 'Diary' is edited, with an introduction by Professor Newitt.
England's Lost Colony
In the 1650s, a group of Cavaliers fled Cromwell’s England for the lush coast of Surinam. Here, they established a colony named after its founder, Sir Thomas Willoughby. This absorbing book explores the untold story of the colony’s rise and fall. The rich cast of characters includes Willoughby himself, the playwright Aphra Behn, the indigenous people and their rulers, and the planters and mercenaries who would turn this utopia into a hell of terror and slavery.
Immortalized by Kipling’s line, ‘Where the old Flotilla lay’, the Irawaddy Flotilla Company grew from four paddle steamers deployed in the Second Burmese War in 1852 to a commercial fleet of 650 vessels. This book charts the company’s development against the background of British colonial policy and the economic growth of Burma, and describes its tragic end during the Second World War, when its ships were scuppered to prevent them falling into the hands of the Japanese. Bears old cover price.
The First Three Centuries
The city founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and variously known as Sankt Peterburg, Petrograd and Leningrad has been home to some of Russia's greatest cultural figures, including Pushkin, Tchaikovsky and Nijinsky. Well known too for its physical appearance, with baroque palaces, bridges and promenades, the city nonetheless suffered depredations in the 1905 Revolution and the Nazi siege. Arthur George, who lived in St Petersburg for several years, charts the high and low points of this most European of Russian cities. Off-mint.
A Rich and Curious History of Pirates, Castaways and Madness
Daniel Defoe's famous castaway has been etched into the popular imagination for three centuries – but what of his island? This book identifies the real place – Juan Fernández Island in the South Pacific – and charts its colourful and often violent history. Drawing on voyage journals, maps and illustrations, Andrew Lambert brings to life the voices of visiting sailors, scientists, writers and artists from the early encounters of the 1500s to the naval battles of the First World War.