Reading of the contemporary social consciousness through the shipwreck Earl of Shaftsbury

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Title

Reading of the contemporary social consciousness through the shipwreck Earl of Shaftsbury

Subject

Session 2
Nautical (Ship and boat) Archaeology of South Asia

Description

The shipwreck Earl of Shaftsbury is buried on the southern coast of Sri Lanka very close to a frequented tourist destination. It was run aground hitting on a rock at Akurala about three miles away from the shore. In 1893 when sailing from Bombay to Diamond Island the ship sailed past Rangoon through Colombo harbour after unloading charcoal. It is an iron build four mast sailing vessel. It collided with a reef due to rough waves. Six of the crew drowned and 22 survived. The shipwreck settled at a 50 foot depth. The incident was first reported in the The Ceylon Examiner Newspaper on 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th of May 1893. The value of the vessel was estimated at Indian Rupees (Rs.) 300,000 at the time. In one article there is another steamer ship reported wrecked some years previously. This paper includes details of the wreckage as are available from the newspaper reports. What happened after her wreckage was an interesting story. The time was the British colonial period in “Ceylon” (now Sri Lanka) during which time there was a growing general unrest against the colonial masters. Some information reveals that this mindset may have influenced the rescuers during their rescue efforts of the drowning crew. This paper it is going to elaborate on the story behind the shipwreck of the Earl of Shaftsbury and investigate the social influences towards the wreck site then and now.

Creator

A.M.A.Dayananda

Date

November 2011

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Citation

A.M.A.Dayananda, “Reading of the contemporary social consciousness through the shipwreck Earl of Shaftsbury,” The MUA Collection, accessed December 14, 2017, http://www.themua.org/collections/items/show/1245.

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