Attended a fascinating presentation on the launching of a new book about the fate of the RMS RHONE ~ 1867
Congratulations to Dr. Mitch Kent on a well researched and beautifully presented timeline of actual events that occurred before and after the Rhone's demise off Salt Island.
Spent the day reading it from cover to cover and was truly amazed by how many first hand accounts of the disaster he documented.
Short Biography of the Book
"On October 29, 1867, a powerful hurricane smashed into the Caribbean Virgin Islands, resulting in loss of lives, shipping, and property on an unprecedented scale.
The Rhone, pride of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company fleet, fell victim to the storm, crashing onto Salt Island in the British Virgin Islands before splitting in two and sinking with most of her crew and passengers.
After being forgotten about for more than a century, this Victorian shipwreck today captivates divers, snorkelers, sailors, historians, explorers, photographers, and daydreaming school children. The following is an account of Rhone’s story, both above and below the water."
The Wreck of the RMS Rhone
What a riveting tale! It's a "must have" for anyone interested in the history of the Virgin Islands. Follow this link to download the kindle edition or purchase the paperback on amazon.