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II - The Roll Call of the Reef

HMS Primrose (1807) was a Royal Navy two masted brig (a brig-sloop10) with eighteen guns that was built in Fowey and launched in November 1807. Captained by Commander James Mein, she sailed to the Spanish coast in February 1808.

The first action was in concert with another brig, HMS Rapid, off Cape St. Vincent in May 1808 when they saw off two merchant feluccas sheltering under the protection of a coastal battery. The battery fired on HMS Rapid and blew two holes in her bow and it quickly starting to take on water but, thankfully, the entire crew was saved by the crew of HMS Primrose.

HMS Primrose sailed again for Spain in January 1809 as part of a convoy and, in a snowstorm, ran aground on the Minstrel Rock, The Manacles on January 22nd 1809.

The Roll Call of the Reef, first published in 1895 is Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch’s account of the wreck and a tale of the survival of the drummer boy. It is Q’s best known ghost story.

This edition includes a brief biography of Q's life, the original book and a discussion of the real events behind the catastrophe.

Series I                      Series II                     

I         The Arrest of Captain Bligh

II        The Roll Call of the Reef

III       The Last Siege in England

IV       Tales of The Looe Die-Hards I - The Short Stories

V        Tales of The Looe Die-Hards II - The Mayor of Troy

VI       Tales of Ardevora I - Prisoners of War in France

VII      Tales of Ardevora II - Smugglers and Elections

VIII     Tales of Ardevora III - Ia

IX       Christmas Tales

X        Highwaymen