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I survived school history despite the best efforts of the education system to bore me to death. Many years later, I discovered Treaties, dates, the movement of nations, are mere context. The fascination is in the details.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

In the early hours of 4th January 1852, the steamship 'Amazon', on her maiden voyage, caught fire and sank 60 miles west of the Scilly Isles. One hundred and forty people died, including the travel writer Elliott Warburton who had made his name with his first book 'The Crescent and the Cross'.

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