Island of the Lost

Island of the Lost

Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World

eBook - 2007
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"One of the finest survival stories I've read. . . . [Druett's] tale is backed up by a solid knowledge of sailing ships and of the flora, fauna and weather of Auckland Island, an inhospitable terrain that has defied attempts at human settlement and is now a wildlife preserve."--Seattle Times
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 Musgrave -- rather than succumb to this dismal fate -- inspires 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 island -- twenty miles of impassable cliffs and chasms away -- the 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.
Publisher: [New York] : Algonquin Books, 2007
ISBN: 9781565126510
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1 online resource (284 pages)
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PRRoss
Jul 16, 2016

Phenomenal account of survival that was almost a controlled experiment. Two crews lost in almost the same place at the same time. They handle the challenge very differently, leading to vastly different outcomes.

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suekirkham
Mar 17, 2016

Many years ago, after conducting a New Zealand Travel search at the S.F. Public Library website (in preparation for an upcoming trip) I read this book and was enthralled. I could not put the book down and felt as though I was living a "'Robinson Caruso" type adventure. A great story of survival. One has to think about the resourcefulness of the crew and compare it to how one might survive today under similar circumstances. What, no internet? No Selfie to transmit?

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htliang
Jul 14, 2015

What an amazing story!The suffering, hard work, and resourcefulness of the Grafton shipwreck survivors was incredible. Perhaps the Invercauld survivors should have done better, but no one knows how they will react in such a situation. The Grafton survivors also had their ship close at hand to take supplies from and they did not arrive in frigid temperatures.

Joan Druett did a wonderful job in bringing the survival stories to life. This book is definitely a page-turner and I stayed up till midnight to prove it! Joan Druett is an award-winning maritime historian and I can see how she earned that distinction. I am looking forward to reading more of her works.

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MintyFreeze
Nov 27, 2014

This was an awesome book. Definitely worth a read if you like true life adventures.

KCLSRecommends Oct 13, 2014

The true story of the two ships that wrecked twenty miles apart on Auckland Island, 285 miles south of New Zealand, in 1864, and the vastly different fates they then both suffered.

VanessaCCL Oct 08, 2012

"What are the odds? In early 1864, two ships wrecked on opposite sides of a remote, subantarctic island located south of New Zealand. But the two crews didn't know about each other, thanks to an impassable mountain range, and had vastly different experiences. The Grafton's five-man crew, through good leadership, teamwork, and sheer force of will, overcame the harsh environment and lack of food and plotted a way home. On the other side of the island, the crew of the Invercauld descended into anarchy, and after a year and a half, only three men (out of 19) were still alive. Fans of survival stories (or television shows) are sure to enjoy this "swashbuckling maritime history" (Kirkus Reviews) drawn from journals and other sources." Next Reads Armchair Travel October 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=556414

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jdcummings
Jun 28, 2011

Interesting read. Well researched and documented.

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Rote_Hahn
Dec 26, 2010

An inspiring story of how a group of men found the means and resources in being able to survive, endure and rescue themselves from a devastating shipwrecked in a remote area of the world. This is a gripping story that was so powerful that I actually did not want them to get off the island just to see how else they would apply their marvelous abilities to constantly find ways to survive their ordeal and to carry on with their lives.

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