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The Ship That Never Was: The Greatest Escape Story Of Australian Colonial History (MP3)
Released the same day as the standard print edition
Title:
The Ship That Never Was: The Greatest Escape Story Of Australian Colonial History (MP3)
Written by:
Adam Courtenay 
Read by:
John Eastman 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
Duration:
9 hours 39 minutes 
MP3 size:
415 MB 
Published:
May 21 2018 
Available Date:
May 21 2018 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781489448026 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Australian; True Crime 
Publisher:
ABC Audio 
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The greatest escape story of Australian colonial history by the son of Australia's best-loved storyteller.

In 1823, cockney sailor and chancer James Porter was convicted of stealing a stack of beaver furs and transported halfway around the world to Van Diemen's Land. After several escape attempts from the notorious penal colony, Porter, who told authorities he was a 'beer-machine maker', was sent to Sarah Island, known in Van Diemen's Land as hell on earth. Many had tried to escape Sarah Island; few had succeeded. But when Governor George Arthur announced that the place would be closed and its prisoners moved to the new penal station of Port Arthur, Porter, along with a motley crew of other prisoners, pulled off an audacious escape. Wresting control of the ship they'd been building to transport them to their fresh hell, the escapees instead sailed all the way to Chile. What happened next is stranger than fiction, a fitting outcome for this true-life picaresque tale. The Ship That Never Was is the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history. James Porter, whose memoirs were the inspiration for Marcus Clarke's For the Term of his Natural Life, is an original Australian larrikin whose ingenuity, gift of the gab and refusal to buckle under authority make him an irresistible anti-hero who deserves a place in our history.