|Frank Rudd Bybee (circa 1950)|
|Grandson Jack Bybee (2012) - |
Author: The Journal of Frank Rudd Bybee 1897 - 1900
After encountering a 'rogue wave' off the Argentine coast, during which Frank saved the life of the First Mate, a mutiny ensues and the captain is 'persuaded' to head for the nearest land.
'Nearest land' is Cape Town, South Africa where Frank is granted his Freedom. In short order, he meets Miss Mini (this writer's grandmother) Rudyard Kipling, (then resident near the University of Cape Town) Cape Colony Premier, Cecil-John Rhodes, and Col. Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout movement.
In 1953, Frank Rudd Bybee, died near Worcester, Cape, South Africa. He died a sad, lonely and confused man, still suffering, I believe, from PTSD, caused by the rogue wave encountered in the South Atlantic.
While The Journal... is mainly fiction, it is heavily based on factual events, relative the life of Frank Rudd Bybee, as this writer has researched.
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