Gary Dolman

British Historical Fiction Writer...



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By garydolman, May 23 2016 07:09PM

In my novel The Eighth Circle of Hell, I make several references to the celebrated Victorian heroine Grace Darling.

Grace is well-known even today for her part in the rescue of several passengers and crew members of the paddle-steamer SS Forfarshire, when it ran aground and broke up on the Farne Islands, off the coast of Northumberland, England, in 1838. However, as probably the first media celebrity, hers was a fascinating and ultimately tragic tale above and beyond the rescue itself.

This is her story: