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Into the Maelstrom: The Wreck of HMHS Rohilla
On October 29,1914, the hospital ship Rohilla left Queensferry with 229 persons on board, bound for Dunkirk on an errand of mercy, under wartime restrictions and in deteriorating weather. Just after 4 a.m. there was a tremendous impact as the ship ran onto rocks at Saltwick Nab, a mile south of Whitby. Rohilla was mortally wounded 600 yards from shore, "so close to land ye ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2015 by The History Press
(first published May 1st 2002)
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Sadly, this is an example of how not to write up research. Brittain has clearly put a great deal of work into collecting all the available material on the 1914 shipwreck of the hospital ship. But a great deal of it is repetitive and he includes all of it, and it's not organised in a readable way. The writing is poor. In places large chunks seem to have been copied verbatim from newspaper accounts of the time, but without attribution. The identical photograph is used for two different men within ...more