THE SHIP, THE LADY AND THE LAKE
The Extraordinary Life of a Victorian Steamship in the Andes
This book tells a quite remarkable story…makes a very good read.”
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in his Foreword
An extraordinary account of one woman’s single-minded campaign to restore a Victorian steamship to her former glory and make her an Andean attraction Here is a vivid account of Meriel Larken’s incredible quest to restore the Yavari steamship against the odds – a ship that is now celebrating its 150 year anniversary in 2012. In 1862 the English-built Yavari was taken to bits and shipped to South America. In an epic logistical feat it was carried in thousands of pieces, by mule, up the Andes to Lake Titicaca, 12,500 feet above sea level, the world’s highest navigable waterway. She was reconstructed and for more than a century plied her trade up and down the lake, but by 1985 she was a sad rotting hulk – until she was found by Larken, who led the quest to project to restore and preserve the ship. The oldest single screw iron passenger ship in the world, this nautical and engineering jewel is now a major Peruvian tourist attraction.
“I count myself hugely fortunate to have been aboard the Yavari. The combination of this beautiful boat and the clear blue waters of Lake Titicaca are irresistible as Meriel discovered long before I did. Thanks to her persistence and her ability to win friends the Yavari has been saved for us all to enjoy. This is a great love story and a fine example to all those who care about preservation and conservation.”
“I found myself leading a three-cheers for Meriel Larken…What a woman, What a story.”
Matthew Parris, The Times
“Two iron ladies in the Andes: is a gripping tale, a personal adventure and an inspiring story of what single-minded dedication can achieve – a lovely piece of writing, lively and imaginative in style.”
Meriel Larken is Director and Founder of the YAVARI PROJECT and is holder of the Orden al Merito for services to numerous social projects through The Anglo-Peruvian Society (of which she was Chairman). She was formerly Administrator of the Cusichaca Archaeological Project near Machu Picchu, and founding Chairman of the Anglo-Latin American Foundation. With a family background of naval and maritime exploration, she also has a wide knowledge of South America. Meriel splits her time between the UK and South America.
|Dimensions||234 x 156 x 30 mm|