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The Duchess and the Captain's Wife

Herzogin Cecilie and her circle

Ulla-Lena Lundberg, Pamela Eriksson

The Duchess and the Captain's Wife
Certain ships, like certain people, grow larger than life over time. In maritime history the Herzogin Cecilie sails on, her splendour undiminished. The circumstances of her shipwreck still evoke heated feelings eight decades after her drawn-out tragedy.

Surrounding the Duchess, as the ship is affectionately known, bustle a cast of finely drawn, large characters as if written for the opera: voices that carry over the roar of the ocean, costumes cut for dramatic effect, backdrops created from thousands of metres of sail, tall ships racing from the ports of southern Australia, Cape Horn and the Devon coast.

An exciting find of photographs lies behind this book. Ulla-Lena Lundberg's text is a breathtaking true story about the young sea captain Sven Eriksson and his wife Pamela Bourne. Pamela's unique photographs depict everyday life on the ship on the oceans. The crew, the officers, the sea form a triangle drama which captivates the reader far beyond the horizon of the past.

Ulla-Lena Lundberg is a well-known Finnish-Sweden author living in Finland. She has written both fiction and fact and is best known for her award-winning novels, which include a trilogy on Aland shipping and Ice, set on the remote island of Kokar where she was born. Pamela Eriksson, nee Bourne in 1905, grew up in South Africa and was educated in England. As a young journalist she took a passage on the Herzogin Cecilie from Australia to England in 1934. She married the captain, Sven Eriksson, and wrote a book, The Duchess, on her voyages on the ship. Pamela Eriksson died in Aland in 1984. Pamela's daughter Freya Darby has lived in the Aland Islands since the 1960s. Her discovery of her mother's photographs of her journeys led to the publication of this book.
Format Hardback
Size 215 x 220 mm
ISBN 9781743057582
Extent 208 pages
Price: AU$39.95 including GST
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