The General Grant’s Gold

Shipwreck & Greed in the Southern Ocean

The wreck in 1866 of the General Grant in the desolate sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands is one of the world’s great nautical mysteries, a story that still tantalises and thrills. The General Grant was rumoured to contain a fabulous hoard of gold found in the Victorian goldfields; gold estimated to be worth in excess of $US 10 million. This is the story of both the extraordinary shipwreck itself and the hoards of bounty hunters and adventurers that have ventured to find the General Grant’s elusive cargo. This story is more remarkable than fiction; it is a tale of heroes and cads, heartbreak and loss, hope and despair, hunger and greed. As it has bewitched many in the past, so it will haunt you long after the last page is turned.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 153 mm | 192 Pages |

Madelene Ferguson Allen (1942-2003) was by training a geographer and by profession a teacher with 25 years’ experience in her native Canada. In her earlier acclaimed book, Wake of the Invercauld (Exisle 1997, reprinted 2005), she tells the story of the wreck of the Invercauld in the Auckland Islands in 1864, and the amazing survival of her great-grandfather, Robert Holding.

Ken Scadden (1952-2016) had a lifelong passion for maritime history. He was a historian and museum consultant, and the former Director of the Wellington City Museum and Curator of the Wellington Maritime Museum.

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