The remarkable voyage to safety of the Guardian after her rudder was torn away. The HMS Guardian sailed from Spithead in September 1789 laden with stores and provisions for Britain’s new colony in New South Wales, but did not ever reach her destination. Thirteen days out from the Cape of Good Hope she struck an iceberg that tore away her rudder and most of her keel. Half the ship’s company took to the boats, only one of which survived the stormy 1300-mile voyage back to the Cape. A month later, through exemplary courage and seamanship and against all probabilities, the crippled Guardian herself sailed into Table Bay. Here her young captain, Edward Riou, was to spend an anxious and frustrating year before he finally received orders from the Admiralty to dispose of the fatally damaged ship and return home. he full and fascinating story of the Guardian’s voyage is told in the ship’s logs and letters that make up this volume. They emphasise the close-linked small world of the Royal Navy, and the delays and difficulties, almost inimaginable tyo the modern reader, imposed two centuries before by the ‘tyranny of distance’. Captain Cook and the Bounty mutiny have a place in the story; so, more importantly, does the great naturalist Sir Joseph Banks, who designed a greenhouse for the Guardian’s quarter-deck that was partly stocked with plants from the Cape of Good Hope.
Edited with an introduction by M. D. Nash
M. D. Nash was formerly head of the cultural history divisions of the Port Elizabeth and Albany Museums, and is a recognised authority on the 1820 settlers. Her interest in maritime history was sparked by research into shipwreck sites and salvage off the Port Elizabeth coast.
Van Riebeeck Society, Second Series Number 20 Cape Town 1990 for 1989
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