The capsizing of Henry VIII’s Mary Rose was not the only major warship to disappear in some mystery within sight of home port. The sinking of the Royal George was once a popular subject of debate but has faded from memory until this detailed account. – Very Highly Recommended.
NAME: Catastrophe at Spithead, The Sinking of the Royal George FILE: R3118 AUTHOR: Hilary L Rubenstein PUBLISHER: Seaforth Publishing, Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Royal Navy, line-of- battle ships, home waters, Spithead, Portsmouth, Isle of Wight, Fleet at anchor, civilians aboard, sailors, women, casualties, capsize, top hamper, wooden sailing ships, tragedy at sea
PAGES: 288 IMAGE: B3118.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/ukfmgpe DESCRIPTION: The capsizing of Henry VIII's Mary Rose was not the only major warship to disappear in some mystery within sight of home port. The sinking of the Royal George was once a popular subject of debate but has faded from memory until this detailed account. – Very Highly Recommended. The Royal Navy had an extensive fleet of line-of-battle ships and the Royal George was flagship of Rear Admiral Kempenfelt. She suddenly capsized on 29 August 1782 while at anchor in the waters of Spithead. The author has provided a very detailed account, based on new research of contemporary sources. This has enabled him to paint a vivid picture of this tragedy in which sailors and women were lost. In the process, this provides a view into aspects of the Royal Navy of the time that are rarely exposed. This is a study that no enthusiast of the history of the Royal Navy, its ships, people, and customs would wish to be without. The readable text is supported by images in the body of the book and in a full colour plate section.