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Total pages original book: 224
Includes a PDF summary of 19 pages
Duration of the summary (audio): 14M23S (3.8 MB)
Description or summary of the audiobook: On the evening of 14 August 1829 the government brig 'Cyprus' was sheltering in Recherche Bay on the remote south-east coast of Tasmania when she was captured by eighteen convicts under the leadership of William Swallow, a prisoner for life. After marooning the crew, military guard and passengers on the desolate shore, Swallow skilfully sailed the brig across the Pacific to Tahiti then back to the Tongan Islands and on to Japan before finally scuttling her off the Chinese coast. Hirst has written a fascinating account of a rogue whose undoubted leadership, determination and resourcefulness might, in different circumstances, have led him to a far more favourable fate.
Other categories, genre or collection: Modern History To 20th Century: C 1700 To C 1900, True Stories: Discovery / Historical / Scientific, Ships & Shipping, Australasian & Pacific History