The Disastrous Voyage of the Santa Margarita

  • by Richard Woodman
  • Narrated by Terry Wale
  • 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Among the coral outcrops of the island of Rota in the Marianas Island, off the Philippines, lies the wreck of a Spanish galleon, the Santa Margarita. Here we are told a tale of the disastrous last voyage, beset by an extraordinary sequence of typhoons and storms, of the Santa Margarita on her way to Acapulco in the spring of 1601. Based on what little is known of the ship's journey - overloaded cargo, bad-blood amongst the crew and a curse - the author weaves a halting story of greed, horro, deprivation and unimaginable hardship in the north-west Pacific Ocean from the handful of survivors rescued from the wreck.

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A tale of when men were iron and ships were wood

A pretty good tale of old times when the church had so much power and was so evil. I am so glad we have freedom from religion in America. This is a sea tragedy, and tragic it is. Hurricanes, Typhoons, Gales, Storms and Gusts batter the Grand Spanish Galleon across the wide Pacific. All the while humans try to weather the weather and their prejudices. And their prejudices may be the worst part of the journey. There is disease, and accidents, and death comes in many ways. The worst way is human treachery, which is a constant even today. I did have trouble with some of the Spanish names and could not keep track of who was who because of the strangeness of them. And lastly the end could have been better, therefore a four star review instead of five.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-04-2009
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books