Poor Souls, They Perished – the ‘Cataraqui’, Australia’s Worst Shipwreck (3rd Edition 2014)


Australia’s worst civil disaster – a sailing ship stranded only 150 yards off the deserted shore of King Island, isolated by rows of reefs; victims clinging, for up to two days, to the disintegrating vessel. The story of the horrific 1845 shipwreck – 400 died; nine were miraculously Rescued. Winner of the Fellowship of Australian Writers Wilke Award, 1986, for an Australian book of non-fiction.

Paperback, 192 pages, foreword, appendix, notes, index, illustrations.

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Gallery: A remnant of the wreckage of the Cataraqui at King Island in 1981.

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