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  The Wreck of the Racehorse
  By Brian King  
  Occasionally a book comes along
which matters.
  We’d like to think that most of the
books we publish are interesting,
even educational in a modest way,
but only one or two of them really
make a difference.
This is one of them.
  Racehorse was an eighteen-gun
sailing ship, a sloop of war, in the early nineteenth century.
On 14 December 1822, on what
should have been a routine visit
Racehorse wrecked on a rocky reef
off the southern coast of the Isle
of Man.
  The efforts of the Manxmen of
Castletown to save those on board
proved to be a catalyst in the
founding of what became Royal
National Lifeboat Institute,
the RNLI.
  One hundred and fifty years later
a group of volunteer divers from the
Isle of Man rediscovered the wreck
and began the slow process of
underwater excavation.
  Written by one of the divers who
found the wreck, and including
documents such as the captain’s
report to the admiralty, and the
minutes of the crew’s court martial,
this book offers an unrivalled view
of an unparalleled event in maritime
  Pieced together from evidence in
contemporary documents and backed
up by artefacts found on the seabed
The Wreck of the Racehorse tells the
story of how HMS Racehorse
was lost – and found.
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We don’t restrict ourselves to specialising in
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Some of our books are based on unique historic material; manuscripts and photographs not previously published to which we have added commentary so that our readers can understand allusions in the text not obvious to modern eyes.

Other books are completely new, researched and written in house or by authors whose standards are as high as our own.

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