Royal Captain - A Ship Lost in the Abyss
Franck Goddio, Christoph Gerigk, Gabrielle Iltis, Miguel Moll Kraft
On 17th December, 1773, the Royal Captain, an English ship belonging to the Honourable East India Company, struck a reef in the South China Sea and sank with all its cargo on its maiden voyage. After many years of research, Franck Goddio and his team from the European Institute of Underwater Archaeology located and excavated the wreck. This book takes us on the hunt for the ship, whose fate was well documented in the archives, and details its discovery and excavation.
The authors supply historical background, and through meticulous study of the recovered artefacts, piece together details of the crew’s life on board. The book also contains an extraordinary photographic report by the talented underwater photographer, Christoph Gerigk. Performing a deep-sea excavation at more than 300m was previously unheard of and the success of this mission set new standards in underwater archaeology.
·Royal Captain: A Ship Lost in the abyss presents a fascinating historical record of maritime commerce in the 18th century, in particular that of the Honourable East India Company. Using the company’s archives as a starting point, the book documents this key period of maritime trade.
·The status of the company, which was instrumental in the birth of the British Empire, has meant that many of its meticulous records have been preserved. These documents include pages from the ship’s logbook, minutes from meetings of the company’s directors, as well as the report submitted by the inquiry conducted following the loss of the ship. These records allow a step-by-step reconstruction of the history of the ship, from the time it was built at Randell’s Yard on the Thames, to the day it sank in the South China Sea.
Hardcover, 104 pages, 123 colour and B&W photographs, diagrams and illustrations, 12.0" x 8.0"