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Wreck of the Abergavenny

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  7 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
In February 1805 the Earl of Abergavenny set sail in convoy from Portsmouth for a voyage to India and China, captained by John Wordsworth, the younger brother of the poet William Wordsworth. On board were more than 400 passengers and crew. Only three days later, separated from the convoy by stormy weather, the ship struck the notorious Shamble shoal in Weymouth bay and san ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Pan Publishing (first published September 2002)
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Judith Johnson
Jul 25, 2016 Judith Johnson rated it it was ok
I found this on a second-hand shelf (see Blog! Sorry, late Cousin Alethea, but have to confess I found it less of a good read than the reviews by Andrew Motion, Julian Barnes etc led me to believe... I'll be releasing this one into the wild at the local Pepenbury charity shop!
Dec 04, 2008 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Well written and easy to read. An enjoyable read as it looked into the effect of the wreck on John Wordsworth's family as well as the wreck itself and analysed how it impacted William Wordsworth's poetry. Definately recommended for those who like history but find historical accounts dry. My only criticism would be that the story wasn't written in chronological order and tended to jump around a bit, but that's more to my personal preference than anything.
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Hayter was the daughter of Sir William Goodenough Hayter, a legal adviser to the Egyptian government, and his wife, Alethea Slessor, daughter of a Hampshire rector. Her brother, another Sir William Goodenough Hayter, went on to become British ambassador to the Soviet Union and Warden of New College, Oxford, while her sister Priscilla Napier was a biographer.

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