By Sylvie Haisman
1875 a real story of Shipwreck and Survival within the Southern Seas
Imagine one lady, forty-seven males and a three-year-old boy, shipwrecked on a tiny sub-Antarctic island. For seven months they devour albatross and burn penguin skins for gas, ahead of a passing whaler alternatives them up.
The girl used to be my great-great-great-grandmother Fanny Wordsworth. She and her son, Charlie, have been migrating from Scotland to New Zealand. months out, their send struck a rock, midway among Antarctica and Madagascar...
The Scottish clipper Strathmore sailed from London in 1875, weighted down with gunpowder, iron and immigrants. Wrecked at evening in livid seas, part her passengers struggled ashore to the naked, inhospitable rocks of the distant Crozet Islands. There they remained stranded, suffering to outlive the sour southern iciness, given up for misplaced by means of their households and friends.
Over a hundred thirty years later, award-winning author Sylvie Haisman rediscovered her ancestors' epic experience. Drawing on their journals, light images and letters, she unearthed a narrative of gallant sailors, orphaned youngsters, merciless starvation and debilitating cold.
The Strathmore shipwreck was once a sensation in Victorian instances. Now this compelling tale of braveness, persistence and the decision to outlive will circulate and encourage readers in every single place again.
Inspired through Sylvie Haisman's play, inform ME A SHIPWRECK, broadcast on ABC Radio National
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This Barren Rock: A True Tale of Shipwreck and Survival on the Southern Seas by Sylvie Haisman