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Book by Allen Madelene Ferguson
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Robert Holding, a young English sailor, was only 23 in 1864 when he and 19 others were shipwrecked on the windswept, inhospitable Auckland Islands in the sub-Antarctic Ocean south of New Zealand. When rescued a year later, he was one of only three survivors - the rest having died from starvation and exposure. Written by Holding's great-granddaughter, this is a tale of adventure and survival. Using survivors accounts, including Holding's, various ship records, Madelene Ferguson Allen describes this piece of maritime history and examines the sailors' struggle for survival.Contraportada:
Robert Holding, a young English adventurer, was only 23 when in 1864 he was shipwrecked with 19 others on the windswept, inhospitable Auckland Islands in the sub-Antarctic Ocean south of New Zealand. By the time he was rescued a year later, only two of his shipmates were taken off the island with him, the rest having perished from starvation and exposure. This is the extraordinary story of how the three survived, and why their companions did not. It is also a gripping tale of discovery. Holding's great-granddaughter Madelene Ferguson Allen had her relationship to the sailor revealed when she was researching the history of her birth family. Subsequently she learned of the existence of his account of the shipwreck and enforced stay on the Aucklands, and she decided to retrace her forebear's footsteps. In this wonderfully readable tale of adventure, wildlife encounters and life aboard a sailing ship in the roaring sub-Antarctic seas, Madelene Allen has brought an obscure piece of maritime history to life. Robert Holding's chronicle is interwoven with his great-granddaughter's story, as she visits the original home of the Invercauld in Scotland, follows the young sailor's trail from England, through Australia, to the tragic encounter with the bleak Auckland Islands, and finally to his resting place in Canada.
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