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Islands of Angry Ghosts: The Story of Batavia, Australia's Bloodiest Mutiny (A&R Classics) by [Edwards, Hugh]

Islands of Angry Ghosts: The Story of Batavia, Australia's Bloodiest Mutiny (A&R Classics) Kindle Edition

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From Hugh Edwards, one of the discoverers of the wreck of the Batavia, comes Islands of Angry Ghosts, an expert and compelling look at one of the most horrific maritime incidents in Australian history. A fascinating story, in print since 1966, Islands of Angry Ghosts is a story in two parts. It traces and re-creates the final months of the Batavia and her crew, pieced together through journals, letters and trial records. It also follows the discovery and salvage of Batavia's wreck by Hugh Edwards and a crew of divers. In 1629, the Dutch East India merchantman the Batavia was wrecked on reef islands off the West Australian coast while on a routine trip to Indonesia. What followed this disaster is a harrowing tale of desertion, betrayal and murder. More than 125 men, women and children were murdered by mutineers caught in a frenzy of bloodlust and greed. By the time the rescue ship finally arrived, months later, the marooned were caught in a desperate battle between soldiers trying to defend the survivors and the mutineers who were bent on leaving no witnesses. More than three hundred years later, Hugh Edwards, a West Australian reporter and diving enthusiast, started to search for the lost ship. When Edwards and his team found the Batavia, they discovered the final piece of a story that has gripped Australians for over a century.

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Hugh Edwards OAM is a Western Australian author of 32 books. He is published in six languages in 10 countries. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 2009 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal ‘For services to Australia’s Maritime Heritage through the discovery of historic shipwrecks and as an author’. Edwards was instrumental in the discovery of important 17th- and 18th-century shipwrecks on the Western Australian coast, and was a leader of diving expeditions to them. He has been recognised as a ‘primary finder’ of the 1629 Batavia and 1727 Zeewyk. He lives in Swanbourne, WA (Perth)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4849 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Angus & Robertson; Re-issue edition (1 March 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007E3HT7S
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5.0 out of 5 stars True history makes horror stories seem tame
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great true story of shipwrecks, mutineers, and recovered treasure.
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