islands of angry ghosts
murder, mayhem and mutiny
237 pp - Paperback - Published 2004
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In 1629 the Dutch East India merchantman, Batavia, was wrecked on reef islands off the Western Australian coast while on her maiden voyage. For the survivors, this disaster was the beginning of a harrowing ordeal of desertion, betrayal and murder.
As their captain, Pelsaert, sailed for help, over 125 men women and children were murdered by mutineers in a frenzy of bloodlust and greed. When Pelsaert returned, months later, with a rescue ship, the marooned were caught in a desperate battle between the soldiers trying to defend them and the mutineers who were determined to leave no witnesses.