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Into the Maelstrom: The Wreck of HMHS Rohilla

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    Colin Brittain(Author)

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On October 29, 1914, the hospital ship Rohilla left Queensferry with 229 persons on board, bound for Dunkirk on an errand of mercy, under wartime restrictions and in deteriorating weather. Just after 4 a.m. there was a tremendous impact as the ship ran onto rocks at Saltwick Nab, a mile south of Whitby. Rohilla was mortally wounded 600 yards from shore, "so close to land yet so far from safety." Over the ensuing days the heartrending loss of 92 lives in terrible circumstances would prove to be Whitby’s greatest maritime disaster, still regarded as one of the worst amongst the annals of the Rnli. This book reveals the heroic actions of the public who waded out into icy waters to reach those who made the swim to shore, and the gallant efforts of lifeboatmen forced to manhandle lifeboats over piers, rocks, overland, and down a 200 foot cliff.

Colin Brittain is a BSAC advanced diver and open water instructor. He has been closely consulted for and appeared on the BBC Coast episode on the Rohilla.

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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Colin Brittain(Author)
  • The History Press; 1st edition (1 Jan. 2015)
  • English
  • 6
  • History

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  • By Guest on 28 May 2017

    Very pleased

  • By John J. Cummins on 15 December 2014

    A very in-depth and well written / researched book.

  • By Mr. C. Brittain on 4 October 2014

    Wow, what a fantastic book, with 320 pages this is most certainly the definitive account of the tragic loss of the hospital ship. The vessel foundered just off Whitby in 1914 with the loss of 89 lives. Fully illustrated throughout, it is clear that the author has spent a significant amount of time, compiling the gallant rescue efforts and in this second edition there is more emphasis on the personal side of the tragedy. The author has a website (www.rohilla.co.uk) dedicated to the loss of the Rohilla.

  • By Charlie Carruthers on 19 November 2016

    As a keen RNLI Enthuist I found the whole thing fascinating and I`ve been to Whitby and saw the model of the Rohilla in the Lifeboat Shed there. I spoke to the Coxswain about it and he is of Fife fisher folk who followed the herring fleets from Scotland. Cheers !!!

  • By Mrs. Janet Dring on 1 August 2013

    Arrived promptly, well packed & exactly as stated. I would have no hesitation in using this Seller again.A clear account of the sinking of SS Rohilla


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