Souvenir Press, 1st.ed., 1992. Xiii + 208 pp., 30 photo-plates + 10 line drawings. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. In 1875 a major shipping disaster occurred off the British coast and led the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins to pen an ode to the tragedy. It was the unanswered questions in the poem that led the author to investigate the DEUTSCHLAND disaster. The German emigrant ship was on her way to America but was so far off course on the night of the 7th December 1875, that she ran aground on the Kentish Knock, a notorious sandbank in the Thames Estuary. She lay there for 30 hours, her distress rockets seemingly ignored, until the tug LIVERPOOL finally arrived to take off survivors. There were rumours of pillaging by wreckers from the local Essex fishing villages, and the dying cry of a nun was said to have moved the Poet deeply. The author unravels truth from fiction and reveals a story of tragedy, heroism and inspiration. Illustrated with rare photographs hitherto unpublished. FINE copy.