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A Diary of the Wreck of His Majesty’s Ship Challenger, on the Western Coast of South America, in May, 1835.  With an account of the subsequent encampment of the officers and crew, during a period of seven weeks, on the south coast of Chili.


London, printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, 1836.


8vo.  (2) ff., 140 pp.  With 2 engraved folding plates, 1 folding map showing the situation of the wreck & 1 plan of the camp.  Recent quarter calf (new end-papers).   Marginal ms. annotations of pp. 29, 45 & 56.   Piece torn from outer margin of p. 15/16 just touching 1 letter, tear repaired in outer margin of p. 13/14.   

Bad weather drove the Challenger on to rocks at Molguilla, Arauco, south of Concepción.   The shipwreck gained literary fame as on 23 June 1835 the party was hailed by Captain Robert FitzRoy of the Beagle, then engaged on a surveying expedition in the South Atlantic with Charles Darwin as naturalist, immortalized in Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of his Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle, who had heard of their plight when at Concepción, hired five horses and set out with two companions to find the party.   He returned to Concepción and arrived back on 5 July in H.M.S. Blonde to remove the survivors.

Sabin 19961.   Palau 72076, attributing the work to 2nd Lieutenant Walter Collins.  



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