Boon Island IncludingContemporary Accounts of the Wreck of


10 thoughts on “Boon Island IncludingContemporary Accounts of the Wreck of the Nottingham Galley

  1. Fred R Fred R says:

    As a preteen history buff I read this and every other Kenneth Roberts novel I could get my hands on In the early 70s I was stationed at a US Naval Hospital on the southern coast of Maine and I could see Boon Island from my window uite literally His books are very much worth the look


  2. Irene Irene says:

    An amazing true story Right off the coast of Maine There is a light house there now


  3. Peg Lotvin Peg Lotvin says:

    During a trip to the Maine coast we visited the lighthouse at Neddick ME From there across the water you could see Boone Island about 10 miles away Her lighthouse was not there in 1710 when an English ship the Nottingham crashed on the rocky island The survivors spent nearly a month with no shelter fire or food before being rescued New Years Day by mainland fishermen Kenneth Roberts brings this tale to life in a fictionalized version of the shipwreck and ensuing struggle to stay alive As people do when faced with the most extreme conditions they resorted to cannibalism I read a very early edition of the book not the one above I see now that there is information available about the wreck and what ensued Must get a copy of the newer edition


  4. Stephen Brooke Stephen Brooke says:

    This is not one of Roberts's 'big' historical novels like 'Northwest Passage' but a smaller somewhat circumscribed tale of a shipwreck off the coast of colonial Maine The story is certainly vivid and well researched and is a fictionalized account of a true occurrence but the characters do not seem real and are painted far too 'black and white' Without the broad historical backdrop of events and action one finds in his other novels this becomes glaringly obvious'Boon Island' does tie into those other novels if one is interested in the whole seuence of stories revolving around Maine in this period It might also appeal to those who are interested in nautical subjects Otherwise it is no than an 'okay' read


  5. Dave Koehler Dave Koehler says:

    After reading the actual accounts in the forward documented by the captain and the first mate I thought I believed the first mate's account a little than the captain Although I don't believe Captain Dean purposely grounded his ship on an isolated rocky shoal such as Boon Island I do believe he wasn't aware of that island's desolation and thought he was closer to the town of York on the Maine coastKenneth Roberts portrayed the first mate as nothing than a boorish brute who constantly fought with the captain over everything including such trivial matters as what day it was Seems to me if someone was that combatant he'd never attain the rank of first mateOther than that the fictional story based on fact was entertaining and worth a read


  6. Steve Schinke Steve Schinke says:

    Originally I was going to give this 1 star because it is bad predictable historical fiction Because it is rooted in an actual event I gave it two stars I had read all of Roberts other historical fiction and it pales in comparison If I had not looked at the publish date I would thought it was one of his earlier efforts


  7. Duke Lovetere Duke Lovetere says:

    Well written and very captivating easy to follow I would recommend this book I live in the area which can see the lighthouse from shore and the account is very relatable and interesting


  8. Sharon Buxton Sharon Buxton says:

    D fiction historical fiction 19th c maritime from stash discard


  9. Judy Judy says:

    The #10 bestseller of 1956 is what I call dick lit Extreme adventure with not one female character until the last few pages Essentially it is a ship wreck story and is meant to show the benefits of strong leadership in times of peril and stressKenneth Roberts had two top bestsellers in the 1940s Oliver Wiswell 1940 and Lydia Bailey 1947 He is an excellent story teller is clearly on the right politically and can create fascinating female characters when they fit in the story Boon Island however is Lord of the Flies with a happy ending where the good guys winA group of men set out from England in 1710 with a cargo of rope and Irish cheese bound for Maine They are harboring a young man who accidentally commited murder back in London Also on board are a psychopathic first mate and two of his cronies The first mate is the type of character who brings evil into the midst of men of good will Captain Dean is your level headed patient yet firm sort who would lead a boyscout troop these daysWithin one day's sail of their destination in the middle of winter they are driven by a storm onto desolate rocky Boon Island Will they survive in freezing temperatures on nothing but mussels and seaweed? Will the evil Langman succeed in taking over from the admirable Captain Dean?It is an exciting story with plenty of psychological content and many mentions of how hardworking people save the day though they carry the slackers on their backs Clearly men still read novels in the mid 1950s


  10. Jessica Jessica says:

    Boon Island is based on the true story of the wreck of the Nottingham Galley on the tiny freezing Boon Island off the coast of Maine Roberts works in his extensive research of how this unfortunate group of seamen survived 21 days without food or fire and does a great job of building his characters the positive characters and the negative ones I loved the last passage How many of us have our Boon Islands? And how many of us have our Langmansthe scoundrel? But doesn't each one of us have an inner America on which in youth his heart is set; and if because of age or greed or weakness of will or circumstances beyond his poor control it escapes him his life to my way of thinking has been wasted


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Boon Island IncludingContemporary Accounts of the Wreck of the Nottingham Galley This classic tale of shipwreck and survival is reprinted in a new edition with essays that provide a historical perspective and trace the sources from which Kenneth Roberts 1885 1957 drew his tale A native Mainer Roberts whose historical novels include Northwest Passage and Arundel was intrigued by the story of the December 1710 wreck of the Nottingham After running aground a dozen miles offshore the ship broke up stranding her crew with minimal tools scant shelter and a few pieces of cheese The men survived nearly a month of screeching gales sub freezing temperatures and driving snowstorms During their ordeal they resorted to cannibalism and were finally rescued after one of them made it ashore on a crude raft Included here are contemporary accounts from crew members offering dramatically different versions of the true life traumatic event and a fascinating counterpoint to Roberts’ fictionalized version A bestseller when published in 1956 Boon Island is a story of the ways that crisis can inspire the best and worst in human nature

  • Paperback
  • 385 pages
  • Boon Island IncludingContemporary Accounts of the Wreck of the Nottingham Galley
  • Kenneth Roberts
  • English
  • 13 June 2016
  • 9780874517446

About the Author: Kenneth Roberts

Kenneth Lewis Roberts was an American author of historical novels Roberts worked first as a journalist becoming nationally known for his work with the Saturday Evening Post from 1919 to 1928 and then as a popular novelist Born in Kennebunk Maine Roberts specialized in Regionalist historical fiction He often wrote about his native state and its terrain also depicting other upper New England