The Lost Story of the Ocean Monarch by Gill Hoffs

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Lost Story of the Ocean Monarch:

A chronicle of how much the 19th century sucked.

Quick synopsis:

The story of the sinking of the Ocean Monarch in 1848. The ship was an emigrant ship headed for Boston and caught fire soon after leaving port.

Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like:

The rescuer of the final people on board had to strip naked and basically throw them from the sinking and burning ship.

Fun Fact for History Nerds:

One of the rescuers of the Ocean Monarch victims was the Prince de Joinville, who was a prince of France.

My Take on The Lost Story of the Ocean Monarch :

If you like disaster books and especially shipwrecks then this one is for you.

Hoffs tells a pretty straightforward story which doesn’t get too crazy until after the survivors are all off the boat. Some pilots are tried for murder for actions during the rescue and a whole lot of people die. Probably because someone forget a candle. You heard me right.

Also, it really sucked to live in 19th century England. But not as much as 19th century Ireland! Seriously, if you didn’t starve to death, not a problem, you’ll probably die of some disease. If not, you’ll probably turn to crime to survive and then either be sent to a workshop, where you’ll die, or sent to Australia, where you’ll die.

If you were super rich you’d probably be fine, though.


Great book for people interested in the time period and old timey ship disasters. Buy it here!

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