An Authentic Narrative of the Wreck of the Sceptre

An Authentic Narrative of the Wreck of the Sceptre

Code: 10083

£450.00 Approx $618.98, €526.93

An Authentic Narrative of the Wreck of the Sceptre, 64 Guns, Capt. Valentine Edwards, In Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope, November 6, 1799, including the Melancholy Loss of upwards of Three Hundred and Fifty of the Creww, Captain, Officers, etc, and the Miraculous Preservation of the Rest, Also the Sufferings of  Don Joseph Pizarro, etc. in a tremendous Hurricane. Cape of Good Hope. FIRST EDITION, folding engraved frontispiece, sm. 8vo, wrappers, Tegg, London, (1809)

While under the command of Captain Edwards, Sceptre was caught at anchor in a storm on 5 November 1799 along with seven other ships in Table Bay, near the Cape of Good Hope. The ship was battered to pieces, and approximately 349 seamen and marines were killed or drowned. One officer, two midshipmen, 47 seamen and one marine were saved from the wreck, but nine of these died on the beach.