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The General Grant's Gold: Shipwreck and Greed in the Southern Ocean

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The General Grant's Gold: Shipwreck and Greed in the Southern Ocean

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The General Grant's Gold: Shipwreck and Greed in the Southern Ocean by Madelene Ferguson Allen
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The wreck in 1866 of the General Grant in the desolate sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands is one of the world's great nautical mysteries, a story that still tantalises and thrills. When the ship was crushed in a cave beneath a sheer cliff face, a few crew members and a handful of passengers managed to escape in a lifeboat. For more than two years they lived a hand-to-mouth existence on a nearby island before they were rescued. This story is extraordinary in itself, but soon compelling legends spread that the ship had sunk with a fabulous hoard of gold from the Victorian goldfields. For 140 years, expeditions and bounty hunters have searched for the ship and her elusive cargo. Locating the vessel has been difficult enough; finding the gold has proved impossible - unless one of those early expeditions really did find it...In this book Madelene Ferguson Allen and Ken Scadden tell the full story of the voyage from Melbourne, the shipwreck, the plight of the castaways and the search for the gold. At this distance in time, separating the facts from the legends is difficult, but they have scrupulously researched the events of the shipwreck and examined every subsequent search for the gold. The story is more remarkable than fiction, a tale of heroes and cads, heartbreak and loss, hope and despair, hunger and greed. As it has bewitched so many in the past, so it will haunt readers long after the last page is turned.

Author Biography

Madelene Ferguson Allen (1942-2003) was by training a geographer and by profession a teacher with 25 years' experience in her native Canada. In her earlier acclaimed book, Wake of the Invercauld (Exisle 1997, reprinted 2005), she tells the story of the wreck of the Invercauld in the Auckland Islands in 1864, and the amazing survival of her great-grandfather, Robert Holding. Ken Scadden is a historian and museum consultant. Formerly the Director of the Wellington City Museum and Curator of the Wellington Maritime Museum, he now runs his own consultancy, Heritage Advisory Services, from his home in Wellington.
Release date NZ
May 1st, 2009
Country of Publication
Australia
Illustrations
photographs, maps
Imprint
Exisle Publishing (Australia)
Pages
192
ISBN-13
9781921497193
Product ID
2751418

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