Medusa Raft - 1
When French ship wrecks on the African coast, all take to boats, towing a raft ; but the boats abandon the raft with 157 on it, who suffer terribly and fight, only 15 surviving. Date: July 1816
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Prince Louis of Battenberg with his sons
Prince Louis of Battenberg (1854-1921), British First Sea Lord in 1914 with his sons, George (right) and Louis (Lord Louis Mountbatten). During the first few months of World War I, anti-German feeling among the British public forced him to resign. The Prince had taken British nationality at the age of fourteen and those who knew him had no doubt of his loyalty. Prince George of Battenberg continued on active service and the younger Prince Louis (left) joined him as a midshipman shortly after the Battle of Jutland. When the same tide of anti-German feeling forced the royal family to abandon German names and titles their family name became 'Mountbatten'. Prince Louis of Battenberg was married to Princess Victoria of Hesse, eldest daughter of Princess Alice.
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On board the luxury liner, L' Atlantique, the central 'stree
On board the French luxury liner, L' Atlantique. A unusual feature at the time, the central 'street' of shops, over 150 meters long, with the spacious embarkation hall. Fire broke out on the L' Alantiique in the early hours of 4th January 1933, at 6am the abandon ship order was given. The liner had no passengers on board, only crew, many were picked up in the British steamer, Ford Castle. One lifeboat was thrown into the sea, drowning some of the occupants. For hours the burning liner drifted, the terrific heat prevented slavage crafts from approaching. Eventually a French ship securred a line and brought her into Cherbourg.
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