The Elephant Voyage

The Elephant Voyage


By (author) Joan Druett


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  • Publisher: Old Salt Press
  • Format: Paperback | 298 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 17mm | 449g
  • Publication date: 2 September 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0992258847
  • ISBN 13: 9780992258849
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 279,933

Product description

In the heady climate of the nineteenth century goldrushes, "going to see the elephant" was a saying that described an exciting, often dangerous, and usually profitless adventure-something to tell one's grandchildren about. In the spirit of the bestselling Island of the Lost, the story is told of the crew of the Connecticut schooner Sarah W. Hunt. When their boats are blown out to sea, off one of the most icy and hostile islands in the sub-Antarctic ocean, twelve men are abandoned by their skipper, left to live or die by their own wits and stamina. Six survive, to be carried to New Zealand-where the inquiry and court case that follow become an international controversy, with repercussions that reach as far as the desk of the president of the United States.

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Author information

Joan Druett is a maritime historian and an expert on whaling history and women at sea who is also the author of the bestseller Island of the Lost. She lives in New Zealand with her husband, the internationally acclaimed maritime artist, Ron Druett. Her website is http: //joan.druett.gen.n