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The Ship, The Lady and The Lake: The Extraordinary Life and Times of a Victorian Steamship in the Andes

The Ship, The Lady and The Lake: The Extraordinary Life and Times of a Victorian Steamship in the Andes [Kindle Edition]

Meriel Larken , Prince Philip HRH Duke of Edinburgh
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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"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" Michael Palin "The Duke of Edinburgh has written the foreword to Meriel's gripping and inspiring tale...What a woman, What a story" Matthew Parris - The Times 3 May 2012

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Meriel Larken's successful mission to restore the Victorian British built steamship, the Yavari, that had fallen into disrepair by 1985 on Lake Titicaca, Peru.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8569 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bene Factum Publishing (1 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EM89RM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #444,989 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating kit-build boat odyssey 20 Jun 2012
By Dobbo
Some of us (chaps) have lovingly rebuilt cars and other bits of machinery, but not large steamers 8,000 miles away and 12,500 feet above sea level. So Meriel Larken's odyssey is at once understandable and amazing. It is an inspiring story of persistence and persuasion and the Peruvian government should be very grateful for such an example of 'British eccentricity'.
Meriel's modern story is matched by a fascinating revelation. The Yavari was but one product of an extraordinary niche industry. At the height of her conventional ship-building dominance, Britain was also sending off boats in kit form all over the world, complete with teams led by an 'Engine Erector' to re-assemble the vessels in all sorts of outlandish places. The Yavari parts, each carefully numbered, had to weigh no more than a mule could carry and there were over 2,000 of them.
Both the 1860s delivery of the Yavari to its destinations on Lake Titicaca and Meriel's recent quest to restore her took much longer than expected, but this excellently produced and well-written book tells us how both efforts paid off handsomely.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of unerring determination and achievement 30 May 2012
This book is a revelation. It is billed as a love story and I have to say I was somewhat skeptical that a book about restoring a ship could be a love story, but I was mistaken.

Meriel Larken writing involves us all in her quest to bring this little Victorian Steamer, The Yavari, back to life. We cry and laugh with her along the way. I cried a lot; and if sheer guts and determination were not enough, then at least she almost achieved her goal, although it took her 21 years more than she had planned.

I was left wondering why I had never made the effort to visit the wonderful and intriguing country that is Peru, marveling at the persistence of Meriel Larken in her efforts to get the Peruvian authorities to co-operate and hoping against hope that someone reading this book might put up the remaining money to finish the boat to the standards required so that she can once more carry passengers across the legendary Lake Titicaca.

Read this book. It is a tale of derring do and of achievement against all the odds. HRH Prince Philip would not have written the forward if he too, had not been impressed.

Beautifully written and full of historical information, elegantly presented and easily absorbed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 May 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Excellent story. A lot about Peru as well as the ship. Interesting personal history of the author and her efforts to save the Yavari
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ship, The Lady and the Lake 18 Jan 2013
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An unusual historic tale well told and a good read. Maybe especially interesting for anyone involved in the maritime world.
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