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The Ship, The Lady and the Lake Hardcover – 1 May 2012

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Product details

  • 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 (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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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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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A nice account of one determined lady achieving her goal. I have been on the Ship and she is very pretty. If you are looking for an account of the engineering and technical aspects of the refurb then not for you, but a good read.
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What makes this such a good, excellently-written read is that it is a unique story of three improbabilities dependent on each other: without this ship there would be no lake and without those two there would not have been the lady to put the two together. The ship was a rotting hulk, the Yavari, a gunboat commissioned in Peru. The lake was the highest freshwater lake in the world, Titicaca, 12.500 feet above sea level. The lady was Meriel Larken who lavished her tender loving care on an iron hulk abandoned in the mud with no hope of renewed life. What was a British-built ship doing thousands of feet high up in the Andes? Why and how? Who was Meriel Larken and why did she embark on such an ambitious, often dangerous, expensive voyage of reclamation? You'll find the answers in tis absorbing book - The Ship, the Lady and the Lake.

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The book described the original building of the ship, from a flat pack of hundreds of parcels delivered by mules. Then its ressurection, after being found by the writer, rotting on the shore of the lake. A good read.
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Read a review in Sunday paper about this lady and the ship on Lake and thought it sounded fascinating
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
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