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

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

by Charles Clark

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

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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ISBN-13: 9781877372148
Publisher: University of Otago Press
Publication date: 02/01/2006
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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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