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The Wreckers: A Story of Killing Seas, False Lights and Plundered Ships
 

The Wreckers: A Story of Killing Seas, False Lights and Plundered Ships (Paperback, New title)

By Bathurst, Bella

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From the bestselling author of The Lighthouse Stevensons , a gripping history of the drama and danger of wrecking since the eighteenth century - and the often grisly ingenuity of British wreckers, scavengers of the sea. A fine wreck has always represented sport, pleasure, treasur...e, and in many cases, the difference between living well and just getting by. The Cornish were supposedly so ferocious that notices of shipwrecks were given out during morning service by the minister, whilst the congregation concocted elaborate theological justifications for drowning the survivors. Treeless islanders relied on the harvest of storms to furnish themselves with rafters, boat hulls, fence-posts and floors. In other places, false lights were set up with grisly ingenuity along the coast to lure boats into destruction. With romance, insight and dry wit, Bella Bathurst traces the history of wrecking, looting and salvaging in the British Isles since the eighteenth century and leading up to the present day. 'For a fully laden general cargo to run to ground in an accessible position is more or less like having Selfridges crash-land in your back garden,' she writes, 'a Selfridges with the prices removed'. Far from being a black-and-white crime, wrecking is often seen as opaque by its practitioners - the divisions between theft and recovery are small. No successful legal prosecution has ever been brought; the RNLI was founded by wreckers - even today lifeboat crews maintain the right to claim salvage. In settings ranging from the eerily perambulatory Goodwin Sands to the wreck-strewn waters off the coast of Durham, these murky tales of resourcefulness and quick-witted opportunism open a beguiling vista of life at the rough edges of our land and legality.
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ISBN 9780007170333
Released NZ 5 May 2006
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback, New title
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ISBN-13 9780007170333
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Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperPerennial
Released 5 May 2006
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New title
Edition New title
Author(s) By Bathurst, Bella
Category Maritime History
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 23mm
Dewey Code 910.452
Weight 280g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text History: Specific Subjects
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