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Left for dead : shipwreck, treachery, and survival at the edge of the world  Cover Image Book Book

Left for dead : shipwreck, treachery, and survival at the edge of the world / Eric Jay Dolin.

Dolin, Eric Jay, (author.).


The true story of five castaways abandoned on the Falkland Islands during the War of 1812--a tale of treachery, shipwreck, isolation, and the desperate struggle for survival. Fraught with misunderstandings and mistrust, the incident left three British sailors and two Americans, including the captain of the sealer, Charles H. Barnard, abandoned in the barren, windswept, and inhospitable Falklands for a year and a half. With deft narrative skill and unequaled knowledge of the very pith of the seafaring life, Dolin describes in vivid and harrowing detail the increasingly desperate existence of the castaways during their eighteen-month ordeal--an all-too-common fate in the Great Age of Sail. A best-selling and award-winning maritime historian presents this true story of five castaways--three British sailors and two Americans--abandoned on the Falkland Islands for a year during the War of 1812, showing individuals in wartime under great duress acting both nobly and atrociously as they struggle to survive. -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781324093084
  • ISBN: 1324093080
  • Physical Description: xii, 296 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits, facsimiles (black and white), photographs (color), maps on endpapers ; 25 cm
  • Edition: Hardcover First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2024]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Map on endpapers.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-284) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- A-sealing we shall go -- The crew -- War intervenes -- Voyage to the Falklands -- The windswept isles -- The killing begins -- Ripples of war -- The Isabella -- On the edge of disaster -- Grief -- Forlorn -- Searching for salvation -- Getting help -- Discovery -- Deal -- Rough passage -- Preparations -- D'Aranda's surprise -- Treachery -- Justification -- Desperate journeys -- The Nancy returns -- Necessity -- Protest -- Let the court decide -- Routine, then deceit -- Alone -- Reconciliation -- Explanation -- Reprieve, relapse, and return to Eagle Island -- Forgiveness -- To Sea Dog Island and back -- Building, hunting, and skinning -- Return to Hook Camp -- Near disaster -- A long wait -- "Two ships, two ships!" -- Deliverance -- Prize -- Long, strange trip home -- Epilogue.
Subject: Castaways > Falkland Islands > History > 19th century.
Sailors > Great Britain > History > 19th century.
Sailors > United States > History > 19th century.
Shipwreck survival > Falkland Islands.
Barnard, Charles H.
Great Britain > History, Naval > 19th century.
Great Britain > History, Military > 19th century.
United States > History > War of 1812 > Naval operations.
Falkland Islands > History > 19th century.
Genre: Informational works.
Illustrated works.
Local histories.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


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North Kansas City Public Library 973.52 DOLIN 2024 (Text) 0001012550543 Nonfiction New Available -

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