THE SINKING OF

            HMS VICTORIA

               A NOVEL

 EZZA AGHA MALAK 

(LEBANON)

Front Cover Art Design:
Ana Maria Calatayud

                                               ISBN: 978-1-937030-93-3

EZZA AGHA MALAK WITH CYNTHIA HAHN IN PARIS, JUNE 2018
 

                    Original French Edition:

                           Agha Malak, Ezza.

Tripoli, Cimetière desAnglais.HMS Victoria 1893, la manoeuvre fatale de l’amiral Tryon.

                       Paris: L’Harmattan, 2015

                      ISBN: 978-2-343-07491-7

Translated by:

PERETTE MICHELLI

(LAKE FOREST COLLEGE,

IL, USA)

 

HMS Victoria 1893,

The Fatal Maneuver of Admiral Tryon

 

The foundering of the British battleship HMS Victoria in the territorial waters of Tripoli, taking with her 358 souls, has captivated historians. Following the orders of Queen Victoria, the fleet commanded by Admiral Sir George Tryon should have carried out military maneuvers in the port of Al-Askalah, ostensibly taking advantage of its fairly shallow waters. The underlying reasons were, in fact, were to impress the Ottomans and to protect the sea route to India against the threats of France and Italy. As the maneuvers began, and against all expectation, the Victoria was struck by another ship of the British fleet, the Camperdown, and sunk.

Efforts were made to consign this important episode in British history to oblivion. The catastrophe resulting from the miscalculation of a great admiral of the Royal Navy has remained a gaping hole in the history of Britain, a Pandora’s Box best left closed by the British. It took the efforts of a young Lebanese diver to unravel the great puzzle that has enveloped the wreck for 111 years.

Based on primary sources, this richly eventful historical narrative strips bare Victorian English society at the end of the 19th century, in full industrial ascendancy and dominated as much by its traditions as by the hidden inclinations represented by Oscar Wilde.

In fact, this is a history of a ship that rivals that of the Titanic.

                                                                         

Anosmia.

                                                                                                                                                 

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