Shipwreck of the Grosvenor.Manner in which the Survivors Escaped on Shore.
Engraving, very scarce; sheet 190 x 220mm (7½ x 8¾"). Trimmed around image and text; creased.
The 'Grosvenor' East-Indiaman was wrecked on the Pondoland coast of South Africa, 4 August 1782. 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. Probably after the oil painting in the National Maritime Museum attributed to George Carter.
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