Catastrophe At Spithead

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Catastrophe At Spithead

Author : Hilary L Rubinstein
ISBN : 9781526765024
Genre : History
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In one of the most sensational and perplexing incidents in naval history, Rear Admiral Richard Kempenfelt, a much-voyaged veteran and outstanding officer, drowned along with more than 800 crew and many civilian visitors, male and female, on a calm summer’s morning and in a familiar anchorage. This new work examines that tragedy – the sudden capsizing at Spithead on 29 August 1782 of the mighty flagship HMS Royal George. This is the first comprehensive account of the calamity and is based on a wide variety of contemporary sources, including reports by survivors and eyewitnesses. It discusses such issues as how and why she sank; on whom, if anyone, the blame should fall; the number and nature of the casualties; and the disaster's impact on the nation's psyche, including its treatment in literature. In its pages are encountered, by name and fate, some of the hitherto anonymous seamen who were on the ship and who lived to become the last remaining survivors; these included the only woman to be picked up alive, out of perhaps 300 who were on board. As well as describing the sinking, the book provides information never before uncovered on the life and career of Kempenfelt, whose flagship Royal George was, ranging from his hitherto unknown maternal ancestry (through which it is shown that he was related to his great contemporary, Admiral Rodney) to accounts of his whereabouts when the ship sank. These call into question the now-set-in-stone scenario in William Cowper's famous poem, which depicts Kempenfelt writing in his cabin when she foundered. Although the Royal George has receded from national memory in recent years, the tragedy was for a long time front and centre in representations of British naval culture, and this absorbing account – part detective story, part historical narrative – will bring to a new audience an extraordinary tale from the heyday of Britain’s naval power.
Category: History
Catastrophe at Spithead
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Hilary L Rubinstein
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-01-15 - Publisher: Seaforth Publishing

In one of the most sensational and perplexing incidents in naval history, Rear Admiral Richard Kempenfelt, a much-voyaged veteran and outstanding officer, drowned along with more than 800 crew and many civilian visitors, male and female, on a calm summer’s morning and in a familiar anchorage. This new work examines
Catastrophe at Spithead
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Hilary L. Rubinstein
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-01-15 - Publisher: Seaforth Publishing

This fascinating historical inquiry sheds new light on the mysterious sinking of an 18th century warship and its lingering effect on British naval culture. On August 29th, 1782, the mighty flagship HMS Royal George suddenly capsized while anchored in the calm, familiar waters of Spithead on the English Channel. In
Balchen's Victory
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Alan Smith
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-12-17 - Publisher: Seaforth Publishing

This is the story of Admiral Sir John Balchen, his life and career, and HMS Victory, the largest, finest ship-of-the-line in the Royal Navy at the time, which he commanded when both were lost, along with more than 1,000 crew, in an October storm in the English Channel in 1744.
Hearts of Oak, or Naval yarns. By the author of “Vonved the Dane” [i.e. William Hurton]. Originally published in the Dublin University Magazine
Language: en
Pages: 296
Authors: Alan Smith
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 1862 - Publisher:

Books about Hearts of Oak, or Naval yarns. By the author of “Vonved the Dane” [i.e. William Hurton]. Originally published in the Dublin University Magazine
The Trafalgar Chronicle
Language: en
Pages: 232
Authors: Peter Hore
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-01-19 - Publisher: Seaforth Publishing

The Trafalgar Chronicle is the publication of choice for new research about the Georgian Navy, sometimes called ‘Nelson’s Navy’, though its scope includes all the sailing navies of the period from 1714 to 1837. The theme of the 2021 issue is ‘Georgian Navy encounters with indigenous and enslaved populations’. The