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To Die a Dry Death: The True Story of the Batavia Shipwreck (Paperback)Greta van der Rol
Paperback Published: 05/06/2013
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The chilling, true story of the shipwreck of the Batavia could so easily have been the template for William Golding's Lord of the Flies. In June 1629, the Dutch merchantman Batavia, laden with treasure and the riches of Europe, smashed into an uncharted reef thirty miles off the coast of Terra Incognita Australis - the unknown Great South Land. 200 survivors - women and children, sailors, soldiers and merchants - scrambled ashore on a small group of uninhabited, hostile islands, with little food or fresh water. Desperately seeking help, the ship's officers set out in an open boat to make a two-thousand-mile journey to the nearest port. While they were gone, from the struggle for survival on the islands there emerged a tyrant whose brutal lust for power was even deadlier than the reef that wrecked the Batavia.