Marooned: The Story of a Cornish Seaman
In 1807, a British naval captain marooned an 18-year-old member of his crew from Polperro, Cornwall, on a deserted island in the West Indies (and was later dismissed the service for it). The seaman, Robert Jeffery, escaped to the USA, where he was discovered after a search ordered by Parliament, and paid by the ex-captain not to sue. This extraordinary but true story based on original research is told in Marooned, first published in 1991 and now updated in this new, revised and fully illustrated edition.
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This is cool stuff, though unfortunate in that tyrant crews and captains were commonplace in the 19th century navies. I've always been fascinated by stories of maroonings and this young seamans rescue from such a desolate place was nothing short of a miracle. The book is a good rendition of how barbaric customs were of the day, using one of its most norotious events.