Publisher description for The wreck of the Medusa / Jonathan Miles.


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Historian Jonathan Miles delivers a spellbinding account of the ill-fated voyage of the most famous shipwreck before the Titanic, the events that inspired Theodore Ge;ricault’s magnificent painting The Raft of the Medusa. In June 1816, the flagship of a French expedition to repossess a colony in Senegal from the British, set sail. She never arrived at her destination. When the incompetent captain ran the ship aground on a treacherous sand bar, the privileged few claimed the lifeboats and one hundred and forty six men and one woman were herded aboard a makeshift raft, abandoned and sent adrift. Without a compass or many provisions, hit by a vicious storm the first night and exposed to sweltering heat during the following days, the group set upon each other: mayhem, mutiny, and murder ensued. Meanwhile, those in the boats who made it to shore, undertook a dangerous two hundred mile slog through the desert. Miles’s astonishing story, full of action, adventure, catastrophe, and art literally takes the reader’s breath away.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
M‚eduse (Ship)
Shipwrecks -- Senegal.