Cannibalism at sea: sailors ate the cabin boy

When, in 1884, the starving crew of the ill-fated yacht Mignonette sacrificed a man in order to survive, the horrific killing became immortalised in legal history, relates Carl Thompson

A 19th-century engraving depicts a member of the crew of the 'Mignonette'

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