Women and Children Last: The Burning of the Emigrant Ship Cospatrick

Overview

The period saw a number of catastrophic shipboard fires, but that involving the New Zealand-bound emigrant ship Cospatrick was certainly the most destructive. When she burned and sank off the coast of Southern Africa in 1874, nearly 500 people lost their lives. There was a desperate battle to quench the fire, a huge death toll as the vessel was being abandoned, and acts of cannibalism in the one lifeboat that remained afloat.
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Overview

The period saw a number of catastrophic shipboard fires, but that involving the New Zealand-bound emigrant ship Cospatrick was certainly the most destructive. When she burned and sank off the coast of Southern Africa in 1874, nearly 500 people lost their lives. There was a desperate battle to quench the fire, a huge death toll as the vessel was being abandoned, and acts of cannibalism in the one lifeboat that remained afloat.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781877372148
  • Publisher: University of Otago Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Clark began his working life as a merchant seaman in the British Merchant Navy and later became a research chemist, with a doctorate from the University of Stirling, Scotland. He is well equipped for this discussion of safety at sea. As an academic, he is the co-author of 90-100 publications in refereed international chemistry journals and three book chapters. He has worked at the Australian National University and the University of Otago.
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Table of Contents

1 Prologue 9
2 The complete Cospatrick 17
3 Ships' boats and the Victorian seascape 27
4 A fatal voyage 53
5 Henry McDonald's lifeboat 77
6 Cospatrick's second mate 87
7 Aftermath 103
8 Three men in a boat 121
App. 1 Lifeboat occupants from the wreck of the Cospatrick 131
App. 2 Verse inspired by the Cospatrick 132
App. 3 Record of Cospatrick's 15 voyages 138
App. 4 Births and deaths during Cospatrick's first 14 voyages 144
App. 5 Register of accounts of wages for Cospatrick's deceased seamen 147
App. 6 Passenger list for the Cospatrick's 15th voyage 149
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