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MUDIE, Ian. Wreck of the Admella. (Adelaide, &c.) : Rigby Limited, (1966). First Edition. Pp. (6),7-184 + 2 leaves having 11 b&w photos and 2 other illustrations. Map in text as well as a reproduction of a letter of thanks from the Admella Reward and Relief Fund. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine.
The shipwreck of the Australian steamer Admella which sank off the south-eastern coast of South Australia on August 6, 1859 and the subsequent rescue of twenty-four of the original 113 crew and passengers more than a week later.
South Australia's worst maritime disaster.
"Pride of the Australian coastal fleet, the steamer Admella was wrecked 'a short mile' off the south-eastern coast of South Australia in 1859. Minutes later she broke up, leaving passengers and crew — continually buffeted by breakers, with no fresh water, and with only a few mouthfuls of food each — to cling to the remains. More than a week later, after days of heroic effort the last of the survivors — who had been on the point of resorting to cannibalism — were rescued, bringing the total saved to twenty-four, less than a quarter of the 113 that had left Port Adelaide for Melbourne aboard the steamer. The story of the Admella, which has never before been told in full, is surely one of the great sea-dramas of the world. And it is one that raises a query . . . whether the bullion that was being carried by one of the passengers will — ever be recovered." - from p..
1. "A Beautiful Specimen of Naval Architecture";
2. 'A Tolerable Swell";
3. "Like the Teeth of a Saw";
4. "A Short Mile from the Shore" ;
5. "There Are Three Lights" ;
6. "Ten Pounds of Beef and Mutton";
7. "Out of the Jaws of This Death";
8. 'The Sad Intelligence";
9. "We Waved Handkerchiefs";
10. "As Good Men As I Have Seen";
11. "Half-frantic Energy";
12. "Their Last Hope Gone";
13. "Not a Single 'Thank Ye'" ;
14. "Cold-blooded Red-tapeism";
15. "Like Seals on a Half-tide Rock";
16. "We'll Come Back Again" ;
17. "Lit Up By These Lurid Lights";
18. "The Arms of the Noble Fellows";
19."As Much as Half a Crown";
20. "We Are Now Perfectly Recovered".
21. The Champion Swimmer, The Barber [a horse set to run in the first Champion Sweepstake].
With sources and index.
Very good in dustjacket (head of jacket spine lightly chipped). 50.00
Title: Wreck of the Admella. First Edition in dustjacket
Publisher: Rigby Limited, Adelaide, 1966,: 1966
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 28270