n Cabo - An account of the narrative of the shipwreck of the French vessel the on the coast of Kaffraria in April 1829

Volume 2014, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0379-4830


The , by Charles Etienne Boniface, is a fascinating and largely forgotten text about an equally fascinating and largely forgotten shipwreck. The bare bones of the event are recorded in the of Saturday, 29 May 1829 as follows: 'The , of Bordeaux, from Calcutta and Bourbon, was wrecked about day-break, on the morning of Sunday the 12th of April, after much previous bad weather, near the mouth of the small River Guanga, about 30 miles to the westward of the Bashee.' Boniface's , published in November 1829, recounts the adventures of the eight survivors of the from the time of the shipwreck until their departure from Cape Town five months later. The text passed almost unnoticed at the time of its publication and, like the shipwreck itself, has subsequently received very little attention from historians and scholars.

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