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Shipwrecks of the Southern Seas

Shipwrecks of the Southern Seas

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By (author) Craig Cormick

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  • Publisher: PIER 9
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 238mm x 28mm | 780g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Millers Point
  • ISBN 10: 1741967872
  • ISBN 13: 9781741967876
  • Sales rank: 389,388

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"Shipwrecks of the Southern Seas tells 15 fascinating stories - some iconic, many little known until now - of shipwreck, mutiny, piracy and marooning in the region of Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific, concentrating on stories from the age of sail and steam. Gripping, engaging storytelling is the key to this book. These stories cover the gamut of human emotion and character: survival, courage, cowardice and treachery, as well as humour, mystery and the absurd. Featured stories include the wreck of the Batavia in the Abrolhos in 1629; Eliza Fraser cast away among the aboriginal population on Fraser Island, Queensland in 1836; the wrecks on the subantarctic islands near New Zealand that left people stranded for years before discovery; and the tragic wreck of the Loch Ard, with only two survivors."

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Craig Cormick is a Canberra-based author and science communicator. He has a PhD in creative communication of history, has published over a dozen books and his writing awards include the ACT Book of the Year Award (1999) for Unwritten Histories and a Queensland Premier's Literary Award (2006) for A Funny Thing Happened at 27,000 Feet. His sea voyages have included travelling to Iceland from Norway, voyaging to Australia's three stations in Antarctica and sailing aboard the New Endeavour - he is yet to be shipwrecked and have to eat other survivors.