The Ship, The Lady and the Lake Hardcover – 1 May 2012
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
was very disappointed with the actual book. as is often the case the review told you the whole story
and all the details which made up the whole story were very dry. didn't finish the book which is very unusual for me
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good book about a great project, wonderful ship and the Lady who made it happenPublished 6 months ago by MJL
Once again, I don't hate it but would like to have received it swo I could say I loved it!!Published 10 months ago by Madeleine Elleman
Excellent story. A lot about Peru as well as the ship. Interesting personal history of the author and her efforts to save the YavariPublished on 13 May 2014 by Alstair Deayton