By Stephen Taylor.
In June 1782, an East INDIA Company ship called the Grosvenor leaves INDIA for ENGLAND.
Two months later, off the coast of south-east Africa, disaster strikes.
The reader is Robert Glenister.
The Grosvenor castaways find themselves stranded on the coast of south-east Africa, hundreds of miles from the nearest European settlement.
Faced with a shortage of food and the warriors of the local Pondo tribe, they decide to march south to the Cape.
A group of sailors from the Grosvenor decide to abandon their fellow castaways and take their chances in the African wilderness.
But it's not long before the group divides a second time.
The reader is Robert Glenister
The fragmented groups of castaways continue their desperate journeys south.
What happened to the women and children from the Grosvenor? Did they perish shortly after the shipwreck, or did they have a more remarkable fate?