Mutiny, murder, rape, torture; a priceless treasure fuelling the basest human greed; a courageous journey in search of rescue — the story of the Batavia, wrecked off the coast of Western Australia in 1629, has been part of the myth and legend of Australian history. Henrietta Drake-Brockman determined to unearth the facts.
Ten years of meticulous research resulted in Voyage to Disaster, a historical tour de force comprising the complete journals of Francisco Pelsaert translated from the Old Dutch by E. D. Drok, together with a revealing biography of Pelsaert, a man of many dimensions — writer, historian, administrator.
Henrietta Drake-Brockman’s research also led to the discovery of the Batavia wreck in 1963, an event that was to shape the future of maritime archaeology and historic shipwrecks legislation in Western Australia.
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