The Wreck of the Medusa

The Wreck of the Medusa

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Baker & Taylor
Describes the 1816 sinking of the Medusa, the flagship of a French expedition en route to reclaim a colony in Senegal from the British, which ran aground thanks to the incompetence of the ship's captain, Hugo de Chaumareys, and details the resulting ordeal of its survivors, some of whom escaped in lifeboats, and the others who were forced onto a makeshift raft.

Perseus Publishing
The Wreck of the Medusa is a spellbinding account of the most famous shipwreck before the Titanic, a tragedy that riled a nation and inspired Théodore Géricault’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; her incompetent captain Hugo de Chaumareys, ignoring telltale signs of shallow waters, plowed the ship into a famously treacherous sandbar. A privileged few claimed the lifeboats while 146 men and one woman were herded aboard a makeshift raft and set 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. When rescue arrived thirteen days later only fifteen were alive. Meanwhile, those in the boats who made it to shore undertook a dangerous two-hundred-mile slog through the desert. Among the handful of survivors from the raft were two men whose written account of the fiasco became a bestseller that rocked France’s political foundations and provided graphic fodder for Géricault’s world-famous painting.


Publisher Group West
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 Géricault’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.


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Describes the 1816 sinking of the Medusa, the flagship of a French expedition en route to reclaim a colony in Senegal from the British, which ran aground thanks to the incompetence of the ship's captain, Hugo de Chaumareys.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780871139597
0871139596
Branch Call Number: 910.91637 MIL
Characteristics: xv, 309 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., map ;,24 cm.

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