Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World

Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World Author Joan Druett
ISBN-10 1565124081
ISBN-13 9781565124080
Year 2007-05-17
Pages 272
Language English
Publisher Algonquin Books
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Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean 285 miles south of New Zealand With year round freezing rain and howling winds it is one of the most forbidding places in the world To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death In 1864 Captain Thomas Musgrave and his crew of four aboard the schooner Grafton wreck on the southern end of the island Utterly alone in a dense coastal forest plagued by stinging blowflies and relentless rain Captain Musgraverather than succumb to this dismal fateinspires his men to take action With barely more than their bare hands they build a cabin and remarkably a forge where they manufacture their tools Under Musgrave s leadership they band together and remain civilized through even the darkest and most terrifying days Incredibly at the same time on the opposite end of the islandtwenty miles of impassable cliffs and chasms awaythe Invercauld wrecks during a horrible storm Nineteen men stagger ashore Unlike Captain Musgrave the captain of the Invercauld falls apart given the same dismal circumstances His men fight and split up some die of starvation others turn to cannibalism Only three survive Musgrave and all of his men not only endure for nearly two years they also plan their own astonishing escape setting off on one of the most courageous sea voyages in history Using the survivors journals and historical records award winning maritime historian Joan Druett brings this extraordinary untold story to life a story about leadership and the fine line between order and chaos

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Island of the Lost

Island of the Lost Author Joan Druett
ISBN-10 9781565126510
Release 2007-06-08
Pages 284