Author Visit: Andrew Vietze, Nov. 14

Author Andrew Vietze will be at the Auburn Public Library to talk about his non-fiction book Boon Island: A True Story of Mutiny, Shipwreck, and Cannibalism. Join us for this free program as Vietze details one of the most brutal survival stories in American history.

The wreck of the Nottingham Galley on Boon Island and the resultant rumors of insurance fraud, mutiny, treason, and cannibalism was one of the most sensational stories of the early eighteenth century. Shortly after departing England with Captain John Deane at the helm, his brother Jasper and another investor aboard, and an inexperienced crew, the ship encountered French privateers on her way to Ireland, where she then lingered for weeks picking up cargo. They eventually headed into the North Atlantic and then found themselves shipwrecked on the notorious Boon Island, just off the New England coast. Captain Deane offered one version of the events that led them to the barren rock off the coast of Maine; his crew proposed another.

November 14 at 2PM.