Bermuda wrecks inspire book
Two Bermuda shipwrecks have inspired a British author to write a compilation of 19th century maritime mishaps.
Graham Faiella was investigating the history of two wrecks of Southampton, and during his research, frequently had to trawl through the pages of the daily shipping newspaper Lloyd's List.
“There my attention was constantly diverted to the Casualties columns,” Mr Faiella told The Royal Gazette.
“These included numerous reports of shipwrecks, castaways, Cape Horn storms, messages in bottles, and other diverse maritime catastrophes. I began to transcribe the most vivid, interesting and dramatic reports, following up many of them with further research. I eventually arranged these, with my annotated further observations, by categories and chapters as a manuscript.
The result — ‘Ate The Dog Yesterday' — is due to be published later this year.
The title of the book is the first line of a message in a bottle written by a castaway mariner on a raft in 1873 and picked up on a beach along the Gulf of Mexico coast in 1875.
Mr Faiella has written a number of other non-fiction works including ‘Fishing In Bermuda' and ‘The Bermuda Atlas'.