Escape from Hermit Island: Two Women Struggle to Save Their Sunken Sailboat in Remote Papua New Guinea

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The true story of two women stranded on remote Hermit Island atoll after their sailboat strikes a reef and sinks. At the mercy of the indigenous people, they are forced to live with the locals while they devise a plan to refloat their boat and sail to civilization. With careful planning and the help of the island men, they manage to save their boat from the reef only to find it immediately embroiled in a "cargo cult" salvage rights dilemma. Subjected to the arcane traditions of the locals, they struggle to keep ...
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Overview

The true story of two women stranded on remote Hermit Island atoll after their sailboat strikes a reef and sinks. At the mercy of the indigenous people, they are forced to live with the locals while they devise a plan to refloat their boat and sail to civilization. With careful planning and the help of the island men, they manage to save their boat from the reef only to find it immediately embroiled in a "cargo cult" salvage rights dilemma. Subjected to the arcane traditions of the locals, they struggle to keep control of their boat while they repair it in preparation for the dangerous trip to the mainland. It's a unique look into the primitive culture of one of Papua New Guinea's most isolated civilizations.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781892399274
  • Publisher: Seaworthy Publications Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Pages: 269
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


The Sinking     1
Saving Our Kagos     7
Our New Home     15
A Very Long Night Begins     21
The Hull Is Patched     27
Day One on Hermit     35
Kedging and Kagos     43
Beacons, Toksaves, and the Men Have a Plan     53
A Jungle Cradle for Banshee     61
Night Work: Banshee Floats Again     67
"Oh, Those Ninigo Boys"     73
"Happy Sabbath"     83
Religion and Politics Hermit Style     87
The Big Clean-Up     95
A U.S. Envoy Comes to Hermit     99
Good-bye, Joy     105
Our Separate Ways     111
Leslie on Hermit - Moving Back Aboard     119
Joy in Lorengau Town     129
A Fuel Saga and Finally Coming "Home"     141
Life Bilong Hermit     149
"Sel-O" - Of Boats and Planning     161
Of Ships and Hope     169
Leslie On Her Own Again     177
Off to Port Moresby     187
The Search for the Magic Epoxy     195
Joy in Lorengau Town Again     203
Leslie's "Pebekim Time"     211
An Ill-Fated Voyage     219
Hope, Fear, and a Visitor     227
Escape from Hermit     235
A Week's Perilous Voyage     241
We Made It!     251
About Banshee     258
Repairing Banshee     259
Author's Note     261
Pidgin Notes     263
Epilogue     266
Acknowledgements     267
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