I wonder if anyone here can help me; I am working on research for a book about the story of a ship wreck, the loss of the four masted square rigged barque
Garthpool (formerly Juteopolis, built 1891) on 11th November 1929 off Ponta Reef, Boavista, Cape Verde.
All the crew survived; they stayed in life boats over night, were helped onto Cantow beach in the morning by the natives and spent 2 rough nights on the beach. They were taken to Sal Rei, had a proper meal and a nights sleeps and then they were taken on to Mindelo, St Vincent.
They stayed at Joao Oliveira's London Bar (I have found the bar was there up until at least 1946, maybe after that date; I'd love to know if anyone knows exactly where the bar was/if the building is still there!) and they were wined and dined by ex-pats and companies, namely Western Telegraph Co, Wilson's Coal co and the British Consul.
Eventually, after a couple of weeks, they were shipped home as Distressed British Seamen in late November.
(I also know in late spring/early summer 1932, the figurehead of the Garthpool was washed up and was elevated to the status of an idol & worshipped in a shrine on Boavista; I'd love to find out if the figurehead survived to this day, maybe in a bar or private house/hotel?)
Amongst the crew, was my great grandfather,
Christopher Bedford Steel (1907-1943), a passenger on board for the experience of the voyage.
I have so far collected a great variety of archives, articles/documents; I have a great growing photo/art collection and there's more to be discovered.
Does anyone here, maybe from the Cape Verde Islands, know about the Garthpool story or something about the locations/areas circa November 1929?
Any information would be most appreciated;
Also, I'm looking for anyone related to any of the crew; I've posted a full list here: http://www.startedsailing.com/the-story-of-the-garthpool.htm
If you know anything about the Garthpool story, (& if you are related to the last crew/know someone who is) please email me at >>
Also, I have a website, if you are interested in following my research; any feedback most appreciated, thanks!www.thegarthpoolproject.webs.com
I looking forward to hearing from you,
All the best,
Bye for now,