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Front Cover of Into the Maelstrom The Wreck of HMHS Rohilla

  Into the Maelstrom The Wreck of HMHS Rohilla


Our Price: 12.99

Pages : 128 pages
Format : Softback
Publication Date : Oct 2002
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Buy Into the Maelstrom The Wreck of HMHS Rohilla

Into the Maelstrom is the story of Whitby's most famous wreck and of one of the most outstanding achievements of the Yorkshire and Durham lifeboat crews.

With the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June 1914, Europe was plunged into 'the war to end all wars'. Britain's merchant fleet, the largest in the world, was soon requisitioned for war use. The British India Steam Navigation Co. liner and troopship Rohilla was called up and converted to carry wounded soldiers.
Late in October 1914, HMHS Rohilla left Leith painted in the all-over white with green stripe and red crosses of a hospital ship and made her way down the coast, heading for Dunkirk to pick up wounded soldiers. A terrible gale was blowing as she passed the treacherous North Yorkshire coast. Blackout conditions ensued and at 0400 hours on 29 October the ship ran aground six hundred yards from shore on the Saltwick Nab. Carrying 229 persons, the Rohilla rammed the rocks at enough speed to throw the officers from the bridge on to the deck and to break her back, making salvage impossible. Over the ensuing days eighty-five people were to die only 1/3 of a mile from safety, buffeted by high seas and blown about by the storm-force winds.
Lifeboats from the surrounding forty miles converged on the wreck and pulled many of the nurses and crew from the disintegrating vessel. There was much heroism over those dark winter nights and Into the Maelstrom is the story of Whitby's most famous wreck and of one of the most outstanding achievements of the Yorkshire and Durham lifeboat crews.

The tale is gripping and the deeds of bravery, the stuff of legend.

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