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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bene Factum Publishing (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903071429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903071427
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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...I found myself leading a three-cheers for Meriel Larken...What a woman, What a story" - Matthew Parris, The Times "This account of her passion makes stirring reading, even for those of us whose hearts do not leap at the mention of the Bolinder 4-cyliner engine." Daily Mail "Two iron ladies in the Andes: The Ship, The Lady and the Lake 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." - The Spectator "Meriel Larken's vivid account of finding Yavari on the Lake, how she unearthed the ship's extraordinary history, and then set about restoring her to her former glory against all the odds." - World Ship Review

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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.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dobbo on 20 Jun. 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 By Venticello on 30 May 2012
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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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This is a unique story, told in an engagingly personal way. Meriel Larken is equally unique, the sort of Englishwoman they occasionally still make apparently, and thank goodness they do. And her rotting gunboat is unique. The story of how the ship was built in 1850, dismantled, shipped and lugged 12,000 feet up into the Andes is interesting enough, but then the author found her and devoted her life to rehabilitating her back to working order. Not only that, she is besotted by Peru, its people, history, wildlife and landscape, and communicates her love for the place infectiously. If you've never been, you'll certainly want to go after reading this book.
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By Alstair Deayton on 13 May 2014
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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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An unusual historic tale well told and a good read. Maybe especially interesting for anyone involved in the maritime world.
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