Island of the Lost

Island of the Lost

Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World

Book - 2007
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Describes how the crews of two different vessels became shipwrecked on opposite ends of the same deserted island and the very different experiences of the two groups--one of which through sheer determination and fortitude overcame the challenges of theirenvironment, while the other descended into complete anarchy.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2007
ISBN: 9781565124080
Characteristics: 284 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm


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Aug 12, 2018

I read this in one sitting. What an amazing adventure, but more than that, what an excellent account of how two very different leadership styles led to such different outcomes for the crews of the two ships. The attitudes and habits of the survivors, and those that didn't survive or only survived due to the hard work and ingenuity of others, will stay with me.

SPPL_János Mar 22, 2018

In 1864 two ships both wrecked on uninhabited Auckland Island, in the dismal, storm-tossed seas south of New Zealand. The two crews, who never meet, face the same forbidding environment of sheer cliffs, jagged peaks, and twisted scrub forests. However the five members of the Grafton band together, building a snug shelter and ultimately a boat to rescue themselves, while the 19 survivors of the Invercauld wreck quickly disintegrate and all but three perish. Druett's straightforward account is augmented with a very satisfactory epilogue and author's note.

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.

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?

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.

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

Jun 28, 2011

Interesting read. Well researched and documented.

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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