Austin, Keith.


Halsgrove House, Tiverton, 1st.ed., 2001. 240 pp., 100 photographs, drawings, maps, plans, reproductions, etc. D.j., 24 x 22cm. FINE. Following the Franco-Prussian War of the early 1870s, some 100,000 Germans emigrated to the New World, by far the largest of any emigrant group. At the same time Germany rapidly expanded its merchant fleet and among the new vessels being built was the steamship SCHILLER, flagship of the Eagle Line, designed to carry passengers across the Atlantic. In May 1875 the ship was bound from New York to Plymouth when she struck a reef near the Bishop Rock lighthouse off the Scilly Isles. In the midst of a raging storm many were trapped below decks including some 150 women and children. There were acts of cowardice and heroism from those on-board as they awaited their fate. Scilly Islanders bravely put to sea in small boats, rowing against fierce seas to attempt a rescue. Over 340 German, American and British souls on board lost their lives and found rest in the graveyard of nearby St. Mary's. One particular tragic victim was the ship's much admired captain who lost his life and his reputation as his neglect was blamed for the disaster. FINE copy.

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