Title SHIPWRECKS OF THE BRISTOL CHANNEL.
Publisher Countryside Books, Newbury, Berkshire, 1991, first edition.
Seller ID 22417
128 pp, 8vo (8 1/4" H), soft cover. ISBN 185306153 B&w map, photographs, reproductions. "Over the centuries, the Bristol Channel, with one of the highest tidal ranges in the world and opening out to the fury of the Atlantic Ocean, has seen the en d of many a fine ship. Both English and Welsh coasts have their own particular hazards, including the cruel chain of reefs, rocks and cliffs from Hartland Point to Bridgwater Bay and the treacherous Gower Coast. (This book) tells the stor i e s b e h i n d some of the most dramatic and unusual of these disasters. Lundy Island, for centuries the haunt of smugglers and pirates, was the scene in 1906 of the spectacular wreck of HMS Montague, a first class battleship of 14,000 tons. T he s ch o on er G ip sy brought the entire port of Bristol to a standstill in 1878 when she ran aground in the Avon Gorge. Locked in the holds of the Admiralty tender Caesar, 68 victims of the press gang drowned when she was driven onto the rock s o f P wll du He ad in 176 0. In 1883, the two daughters of the Mumbles lighthouse keeper stood in the raging sea, hauling survivors of the stricken lifeboat Wolverhampton from the waves. Graham Smith brings these and many more stories to life, reca llin g th e c hara cte rs who man ned these working vessels and the more unusual ships of this busy waterway. For this is an account not only of the ships that foundered but also of the courage and heroism displayed by seamen and those who ris ked t heir lives to save them ." Int erio r - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor wear at corners and top/bottom of spine, tiny scuff on spine edge, two small soft creases on front cover. Very Good