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SOS - MEN AGAINST THE SEA is a superbly dramatised chronicle of 29 ships the loss of which history, by and large, passed by. Few have ever heard of the COSPATRICK, a fully rigged ship destroyed by fire off the Cape of Good Hope in 1874 with the loss of 400 lives, or the steamer UTOPIA which skewered itself on the ram-bow of a warship in Gibralter Bay and sank in five minutes taking 500 souls with it. A similar loss of life occurred when the Russian cruise liner ADMIRAL NAMIKOV collided with a bulk carrier in the Black Sea in 1986. There was no loss of life when the cruise liner OCEANIS sank off the coast of Transkei, thanks to the actions of a few non seamen who displayed the true spirit of the BIRKENHEAD.
A total of 5,683 live were lost when these ships went down.
This book is their epitaph.