Loss of the London (II), The
DESCRIPTION: The "London" "pressed, through storm and rain ... with two hundred souls and more. The 'London' sank near a foreign shore" "The Captain said all hope was gone" Brooke "worked until all hope was gone, Then calmly paced the deck alone"
EARLIEST DATE: before 1886 (broadside, Bodleian Firth c.12(117))
KEYWORDS: drowning sea ship storm wreck
Jan 11, 1866 - "London bound for Melbourne, Australia, foundered on 11 January 1866 in severe English Channel gale with a loss of 220." (source: New Zealand Bound site)
Bodleian, Firth c.12(117), "The Loss of the 'London'" ("The sea ran high, the winds were wild"), H. Such (London), 1863-1885; also Harding B 11(2396), Harding B 13(241)[manually marked "1866," the date of the wreck], "The Loss of the 'London'"
cf. "The Loss of the London (I)" (subject) and references there
NOTES: The description is based on broadside Bodleian Firth c.12(117).
Irish Shakespearean actor Gustavus Vaughan Brooke (1818-1866) stayed on deck to help those he could and refused to leave on the last lifeboat. (source: "s.s. London - founded in the English Channel 11 January 1866"; description of wreck by William Andrew Pearce on the New Zealand Bound site) - BS
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