The Grosvenor East Indiaman,Capt.n Coxon, commander, wrecked Aug.st 4th 1782, on that part of the Eastern-coast of Africa, inhabited by the Caffres [...] See the accou.t of Alex.r Dalrymple Esq.r.
London, Publish'd March 8 1784 by R. Pollard, No 15 Braynes Row Spa Fields & R. Wilkinson N0 58 Cornhill.
Engraving with aquatint, scarce with large margins, partly printed in colour. Collector's mark of a Bee Verso. 435 x 565mm (17¼ x 22¼). Glue stains in margins.
A shipwreck, with men, women & children on the upturned hull of a boat, attempting to reach shore by a line, watched by survivors and Bantu on the shore. Of a crew of 132 and 18 passengers (twelve adults and six children), 123 survivors reached shore, but only 18 reached Cape Town, the remainder dying en route, or killed or captured by Bantu tribesmen. Alexander Dalrymple published 'An Account of the Loss of the Grosvenor Indiaman' in 1783. The site of the wreck briefly became Port Grosvenor, built with the intention of salvaging the Grosvenor's cargo, valued at £75,000. However the Cape Government declared the port illegal, so it only operated in 1885 & 1886.
[Ref: 31105] £550.00