by John H Marsh
THIS is a re-issue, up-dated and much more fully illustrated, of the book first published in 1944 that released the hitherto top secret story of what is surely the most dramatic and inspiring shipwreck and rescue drama of all time.
The story is true series of events related. There were some who labelled it "the wildest fiction" when first they read it. But it has stood the test of time. The incident that led to the participation in the drama of the Merchant Marines of several countries, the British and South African Navies, the South African Air Force, the South African Army, the South African Police and the South African Railways and Harbours Administration,demanding from each of the men their utmost resources of courage, endurance, persistence, ingenuity, compassion and humanity, as well as intelligence and muscle, took place midway through World War 2 off the coast of South West Africa (Namibia).
That particular part of the S.W.A./Namibia coast has been for centuries for all who knew it the most frightening piece of the Earth.
The story of the wrecking of the big British passenger liner Dunedin Star and the eventual rescue of her more than 100 passengers and crew, at the cost of other lives, another ship, a big aircraft, a number of army trucks, etc., has become known to millions since the book was first published, and is generally accepted to be the peer of true adventure stories so far to come out of Africa.
Naval and military censorship ruled when the earlier editions of Skeleton
Coast were published, and only a handfull of approved photos were obtainable
to illustrate the book. But for this expanded re-issue a remarkable collection
of nearly 100 pictures, many of them history-making and of dramatic action,
and most of them now published for the first time, has been assembled.
In the 70 years since the book was first published, there have been 14 print editions in three languages.
The ship wreck and all the signs of the rescue are still at the location in the desert.
This eBook version is based on the last edition to be published by John H Marsh in November 1978 in which he added details about the fate of each participant as an Appendix to the end of the original book. The eBook edition was last updated to the 2014 edition
|Table of contents|
|Foreword||Foreword by Rt Hon Field Marshal J Smuts|
|Preface||Author's Preface to re-issue|
|List of Illustrations|
|Chap 1||The Coast of Loneliness|
|Chap 2||A Doomed Liner|
|Chap 3||Playing a Game with Death|
|Chap 4||Rescue on the Way|
|Chap 5||A Mystery Wreck and a Skeleton Crew|
|Chap 6||The Rescuers Arrive|
|Chap 7||Braving the Breakers|
|Chap 8||Food from the Sky|
|Chap 10||Another Wreck|
|Chap 11||Tragedy on the Tug|
|Chap 12||The Liner Survivors' Camp|
|Chap 13||Three Crews in Need|
|Chap 14||A Hero Unto Death|
|Chap 15||The Missing Convoy|
|Chap 16||A Landing on the Dunes|
|Chap 17||An unknown Land|
|Chap 18||Tempting Fate|
|Chap 19||The First Rescues|
|Chap 20||Surfboat Expedition|
|Chap 22||Homeward Bound|
|Chap 24||Disaster Again|
|Chap 25||The Curtain Falls|
|Appendix A||How Each Castaway was rescued|
|Appendix B||May 1978|
|Appendix C||Fate Steered their Courses|
|Appendix D||Skeleton Coast today|
|Appendix E||What happened to them after the adventure Feedback from descendants given after 2004|
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