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The Ship that Never Was: The Greatest Escape Story Of Australian Colonial History

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  22 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The greatest escape story of Australian colonial history by the son of Australia’s best-loved storyteller In 1828, James Porter, sailor, chancer, illywhacker, found himself on a ship bound for Van Diemen's Land, having been convicted of stealing a stack of beaver furs. After several escape attempts from the notorious penal colony, Porter, who told authorities he was a 'bee ...more
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Published June 2018 (first published May 21st 2018)
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Hwilko
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter extend all the way from a godforsaken eastern Tasmania to an emerging and vibrant South America, weaving together extraordinary historical accounts and fully fleshed out characters I knew little about before . The aut ...more
Sasha
This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing this story isn't better known given that it was front page news at the time it happened. But this book isn't just the story of a daring escape, it's a look at the conditions of the convicts, the inhumane treatment th ...more
Anna Kelly
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin."

The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a criminal he did indeed get under my skin and I found myself rooting for him as the story unfolded.

Based on the description of the book I expected the entirety to revolve around James Porter and his fellow convicts attemp
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Ashleigh
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons.
Jessica
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I’d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it.
Jake
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great rollicking read mixing fictional with non-fictional elements. The story of James Porter will go on and on. A great read
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