Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
Using the survivors' journals and historical records, award-winning maritime historian Joan Druett brings the ext ...more
Sounds thrilling right? And it should have been. It should have been such an amazing story it would snapped up to be filmed as s ...more
Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. It's climate is extreme and harsh with year round freezing rain and howling winds so when in 1864 Captian Thomas Musgrave and his crew of four aboard the schooner Grafton wreck on the southern end of the Island they are faced with uncertain death if they d ...more
The author's notes and the follow up accounts of the people that had parts in the story was very ...more
The man who has experienced shipwreck shudders even at a calm sea.
The Grafton wallowed there for perhaps an hour, and then, with an awful lurch, the anchor wrenched free.
Precisely at midnight on January 3, 1864, she struck on the rocks. “A shock more terrible than any of its predecessors made the vessel shiver from stem to stern,” wrote Raynal; “a frightful crash fell upon our ears—the disaster so much dreaded had come ...more
Island of the Lost is a true account of two ill fainted voyages into the Antarctic ocean. With a particular focus on one, it follows 5 men as they seek their fortune in the Aukland Islands, south of New Zealand. I don't think it's much of a spoiler to say things don't go as planned. Soon their boat is smashed to pieces and they are left marooned with slim of chance of rescue.
The ingenious methods these guys use to survive, ...more
Traveling in the subantarctic is fraught with danger. The ocean is almost uninterrupted by land, which allows storms form quickly, circle the globe, and grow (with little land to slow them down). This climate, along with an unreliable food supply and harsh geography, makes survival difficult, and survival from shipwreck hopeless. Islands of the Lost desc ...more
“Hundreds of miles from civilization, two ships wreck on opposite ends of the same deserted island in this true story of human nature at its best – and its worst.
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.”
So begins Joan Druett’s book, Island of the Lost – Shipwrecked at the Edg ...more
The book extensively relies on the journals kept by Captain Musgrave and quite frankly he was not much of a writer either.
I think the story has enough compelling material for a fi ...more
Description: 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.
Using the survivors' journals and historical records, award-winning maritime historian Joan Druett brings the extraordinary untold story of two shipwrecks on the same island at the same time to life, a story about leadership ...more
The author of several works on nautical history and a maritime mystery series, Joan Druett is a knowledgeable, entertaining tour guide through the seafaring life of the 19th century and the hardships of "castaway life" (New York Times Book Review). Druett illustrates how each group coped with the hostile conditions and why their respective strategies (or lack thereof) succeeded or failed by allowing the details of each story to drive the narrative. Some critics found those details too graphic
This is a fairly easy/quick read that doesn't get too bogged down in laborious detail, but fleshes history out nicely. She does a great job of creating a sense of being at sea and the gloom of the wintery, rainy Auckland Island.
The story of Musgrave and his group of castaways is very much "Robinson Crusoe." It became unintentionally comical as it went on and the Frenchman Raynal created more and more necessities. Need a cabin? I can design that! Got soap? I'll make that! Leathe ...more
Druett first introduces the five-member crew of the Grafton. Through unity of purpose, specialized know-how, and hard work they are able to eke out a bearable existance. It’s amazing to witness the extent to which they are able to overcome their surroundings. They build a sturdy shelter complete with mortared fireplace, they perf ...more
The ingenuity showed by the smaller group is amazing.