The Golden Wreck, by A McKee

The Golden Wreck, The true story of a great maritime disaster
by Alexander McKee

First edition
Signed by author

Alexander McKee, diver and military historian, is widely known as the man who lead the team of amateur divers (one of whom was John Bevan) in the discovery of the wreck of Henry VII’s flagship, Mary Rose. John’s admiration and respect for ‘Mac’ (as McKee was known by his friends) is reflected in his comprehensive collection of McKee’s books. This is one from John’s private collection.

In 1859 the Royal Charter was returning to England from Australia carrying passengers who were mainly miners from the Australian Gold Rush and £370,000 in gold bullion. The vessel was wrecked off the coast of Anglesey during a ferocious storm a mere 10 yards from the Anglesey coast. Most of her passengers and crew died in full view of dozens of witnesses. Only a handful of the 500 passengers and crew survived. McKee relates the story from hurricane to court case and ends by diving on the wreck where it lay in only 18 feet of water.

Hardback with dust jacket in protective cellophane cover. Slight rubbing to edges (especially to bottom of spine). Small scuff to top of front endpaper.
Inside pages yellowed but in very good condition.
8 pages black and white photographs.
1961 Souvenir Press, London (First edition)
222 pages, 147mm x 222mm (approx. 6in x 9in)



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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 34 × 21 × 4 cm