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ISBN 0862413990     

THE WRECK OF THE BARQUE

Stefano

OFF THE NORTH WEST CAPE OF AUSTRALIA IN 1875

by Gustave Rathe

First 1992 published in Great Britain by Cannongate Press, Edinburgh.

CONDITION:

A navy cloth bound book with gilt lettering to the spine. Very little shelf wear. No inscriptions.
Book condition NEAR FINE.
Dust wrapper is un-clipped and, again has minimal shelf wear. Wrapper condition is VERY GOOD PLUS

Price £5.50 plus postage.

 

Jacket flap blurbs

THE WRECK OF THE BARQUE  Stefano :

An extraordinary drama of shipwreck and survival, The Wreck of the Barque Stefano is a true story with all the ingredients of classic adventure fiction. This Croatian vessel went from Dubrovnik to Cardiff to pick up coal for Hong Kong. Off the North West Cape of Australia the ship was grounded and the sailors cast into the sea.

Shipwrecks were common-1,800 in the last quarter of the nineteenth century in that region alone—and castaways could expect a slow death. Although ten men struggled ashore, their plight was acute. The North West Cape is barren, plagued by heat and cyclones, and after three desperate months almost all were dead. The teenagers Miho Baccich and Ivan Jurich, themselves driven to cannibalism, were rescued by aborigines, members of a nomadic tribe whose generosity and compassion saved their lives. Eventually a pearling ship turned toward shore in a storm and they were discovered.

A year after the wreck the two returned to Dubrovnik and told a Jesuit scholar of their experiences. Gustave Rathe, Miho Baccich's grandson, first read the account as a boy in 1930. He has sought out other descendents of the principal characters and pinpointed the sites of much of the story. In the spirit of Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island, this deft adaptation of the original document unlocks a true story rich in human insight.

GUSTAVE RATHE served in the US Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. He is a former IBM executive and lives in the United States.