The Most Incredible Stories Of Survival At Sea
Stories of survival on the high seas or in the most inhospitable islands captured the imagination of people since man first went to conquer uncharted deep blue waters. In this list, we will tell ten of the most incredible stories of survival:
10. Pedro de Serrano
Pedro de Serrano is considered a pioneer survival rejected. Do not quite understand how Spanish ship or how he alone was on an island in the Caribbean. He turned to swim to shore with only a knife in his teeth and face on the back.
The island was almost large sandbar on which there was almost no vegetation and no shade , respectively . Moreover, it was still the New World , just 50 years before Columbus got lost in it . Ships from appearing on the horizon very often and Serrano knew it. Serrano physical survival depended on turtles. He killed reptiles eat their meat and their shells used for collecting water. Given the fact that other animals on the island was not, Serrano was unable to find his clothes when his clothes raspolzlas rags . The only way to escape from the sun was swimming in the ocean. Three years passed before Serrano said the ship that crashed , destroying the hope of salvation Serrano . In only one survived shipwreck sailor, and brought it over to the island Serrano. Serrano, who at that time was more like a beast than to man , was initially horrified by the presence of a sailor , but in the end they were able to cooperate and maintain clarity of understanding , observing strict schedule every day. Of course living together on a strip of sand where a person can eat only meat turtles , and the sun burns leaves no skin has a calming effect on people. At some point in their four-year stay together, Serrano and sailor divided island during a quarrel , and everyone went to half . This situation remained until the ship sailed as past and rescued two men after surviving swore that they had not devils .
9. Jerome CornelisUnlike most of the castaways, insulation was not a problem after Batavia ran aground in 1629. Hundreds of people got to the island , located off the west coast of Australia , but the crash was only the beginning of troubles for the ill-fated expedition spices. Cornelis, who was one of the ship's officers , tried to start a rebellion, when the ship of the Dutch East India Trading Company was wrecked . After that, the ship's captain took a boat and 40 men to try to swim to Java, promising to come back to rescue 300 survivors. In the absence of captain Cornelis became a senior officer in rank . He had two problems: he feared that supplies run out and that he was arrested for the attempted mutiny if rescuers arrive. Cornelis began his reign of terror by capturing all supplies collected from Batavia. His loyal sailors guarded around the clock this inventory. To decimate the ranks of survivors Cornelis and his gang used a rescue boat . They sent a group of people in search of water on the other islands , which were considered infertile , and under "Search" Cornelis meant "death" because he did not plan to come back . Cornelis planned to seize the ship , which will come to save them , so he wanted to get rid of any opposition on the island. He and his men were executed for surviving the most minor misdemeanors , and even just. During a series of murders one of the expeditions reported that they have successfully found water and food on another island . Unfortunately for Cornelis , the leader of this group was a soldier named Vibbi Hays (Wiebbe Hayes), who solved the insidious plan Cornelis . Therefore , 45 men led by Hayes were able to win over the heavily armed attackers , using only a slingshot and spears, and concluded Cornelis prison in a pit dug on the beach. Undeterred , the surviving rebels began firing positions Hayes using guns , while on the horizon appeared a rescue ship . Before rescue mission put an end to the reign of terror of rebels took several months , and Cornelis on orders over 100 people died.
8. Robert Drury Drury was an English sailor on the ship Degrave in 1703. After the ship was damaged, the crew, including Drury, was forced to land near Madagascar. However, the landing was only the beginning of problems Drury . Remember the scene from the movie " Pirates of the Caribbean : Dead Man's Chest ," which for Jack Sparrow runs an army of natives? It was in the same situation got Drury, only he did not have the ship on which he could escape. Drury and the rest of the crew spent their first four days in Madagascar trying to escape from about 2000 soldiers Tundra. When finally caught Tundra crew , they executed all but Drury and three other boys who then were taken into slavery. Drury spent eight years as a royal servant and worked hard to earn some respect, ultimately fighting with their oppressors Tundra . Ultimately, Drury gave a certain freedom, and he was allowed to marry the same as captive and make it your own cattle. After nearly 15 years spent as a slave , Drury alone escaped from Madagascar, on board the British slave ship. Drury wife refused to leave the island, fearing myth which promised any unnatural death servant, who will leave the island. Drury struggled to find their place in English society, and a bizarre twist of fate, he returned to Africa, but this time as a slave trader.
7. Philip Ashton Philip Ashton engaged in the business , working on a fishing boat off the coast of Nova Scotia (Nova Scotia) in 1723 , when he and his sailors with whom he worked , captured by pirates. Pirate Captain Ned Low (Ned Low), gave men the choice to become pirates or die. Philip Ashton was 19 years old . He chose " to be a pirate ."Ashton did not want to participate in the cruelty and barbarity that now surrounded him , and he also did not want to be executed for piracy , when Captain Low luck would finally ended . Eight months after the beginning of his career pirated Philip Ashton had an opportunity to escape. Captain of the ship moored at the shore of the island, located near Honduras, and sent people , among whom was Ashton ashore to replenish fresh water. Once the men have finished ship jars with fresh water from the creek , Ashton innocently wandered into the side. When the pirates asked him what he was doing, Ashton shouted " Coconuts ," and ran into the jungle. A week later, the search for Ashton ended , and he was alone . On the island there was an abundance of fruit and eggs of turtles , which proved very useful , given that Ashton was barefoot and during the escape he did not managed to take home with them .Everything changed after nine months of isolation, when a Spanish trader canoe stopped at the island. He promised to send help and Ashton sailed . And yet he left Ashton knife and flint , allowing Ashton to hunt and prepare food on the fire for the first time in a long time since he escaped from the pirates. It took another seven months before Ashton saved a group of fishermen.
6. Team PeggyAmerican single-masted ship " Peggy " returned to New York in 1765 after the completion of trade in the Azores (Azores). For most of November Peggy struggled to cross the Atlantic Ocean , while its ruffled one storm after another. Mast, sails and rigging were damaged. The ship drifted down the river , and his body badly leaking. The few stores that remained after the storms were quickly exhausted and desperate crew worked hard to keep the " Peggy " afloat. It was obvious that the people at the " Peggy " will starve long before they reach the ground, even after he was killed and eaten by a cat vessel. Their only hope was an unlikely chance to meet another ship that could sail nearby.Initial talk of cannibalism among the crew was suspended captain , David Harrison (David Harrison), but it did not help . By mid-January the crew ate all the skin and candles on board the ship, and when Captain Harrison was confined to bed , the crew resorted to cannibalism . Regular lottery was just an excuse , as the crew had already decided that the black servant Harrison had to be those who will themselves in "victim" . In late January, the body servant disappeared , and the captain clung to life , surviving on a mixture of water and rum , instead of taking part in cannibalism . Second lottery was held, but the victim , David Flatt (David Flatt), was granted an extension of the night to pray , thanks pleas emaciated Captain Harrison. Miraculously , the next morning the ship , bound for London, has brought salvation to all on board the ship " Peggy " , including Flatt . Peggy crew was preparing a fire to cook the next victim when the captain of the ship " Susan » (Susan) provided food to the starving sailors , tackle, and escorted them to London.
5 . Jeffrey Robert Robert Jeffrey was a young sailor in the Royal Navy in 1807. Being on board Recruit (HMS Recruit), he secretly missed the extra beer. The captain, who may himself was drunkard who responded to the offense , landed 18 - year-old boy at the next island , which sailed past the ship. Jeffrey was on a rocky ledge , without food or water , while his captain asked the crew to change his mind . History Jeffrey would have ended soon after, if not an American ship rescued him just nine days later. In fact, the "case" Robert Jeffrey was only the beginning.Public was outraged by the behavior of the captain, and was soon held a military court. In 1810 , when Robert Jeffrey missing was found living in Massachusetts and worked as a blacksmith , broke another public scandal . Jeffrey 's mother was still alive and well in England and British citizens demanded that they reunited . Behind him was sent to the ship of the Royal Navy , and the public in suspense expected return Jeffrey. When Robert Jeffrey , finally returned to his hometown in England , the church bells rang and he was greeted by the waiting crowd . The press and public with a hearty excitement watched as mother and son reunited . The last public outcry erupted to help Robert Jeffrey . Captain who landed Jeffrey three years before, found and made to pay his former sailor sum in damages and for the fact that nearly killed him.
4 . Charles BarnardCaptain Charles Barnard noticed smoke , being in the expedition from seals near the Falkland Islands (Falklands) in 1812. When he investigated what was happening, he found 45 British sailors stranded on the shore as a result of the shipwreck . Barnard promised to deliver them to the nearest South American port unless they promised not to seize the ship , as the war raged in the north in 1812 . As proof that no good deed goes unpunished when Barnard stopped at another island and went ashore in a small boat to hunt pigs to feed everyone on board , the British , whom he saved from certain death , set sail on his ship. What Barnard probably never imagined it so that the British will leave his three brothers to die on the island with him. Barnard, one of his fellow American and three British sailor survived for 18 months on various islands and in his boat until the British ship had not saved them in 1814. Barnard and his companions , now all "Americans", asked to be put ashore in their boat off the coast of Peru , but here , the Spaniards took them for the British and imprisoned . Barnard took months to clear his name , but he regained his refuge on the British ship and again asked to be dropped off in his small boat , this time that he finally look for sea lions . Barnard found seals , which he hoped to find , but he stumbled on an American ship , which offered him a lift . Barnard accepted the offer and went with the ship to China and Sandvicheskie Islands (Sandwich islands), before he returned to America in 1816.
3 . Team Essex Stories about the whaling ship Essex inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick, as Essex was for " the 19th century what was the Titanic for 20 ."In 1819, Essex sailed from Nantucket. He had to spend two and a half years in an expedition to hunt whales . On the second day of the voyage a violent storm seriously damaged the ship and nearly sank it , but the ship was rebuilt and continued to go forward. A few months later and a thousand miles from the coast, huge whale rammed the ship. While the crew was trying to assess the damage , the whale ship struck again , having made holes in it so violently that the men on board the boat and hurried, and took with them a few supplies. These 20 men, located on three boats , decided to head south for fear of cannibals from the nearest land , the Marquesas (Marquesas Islands). It was a momentous decision . A few weeks later , the boat started leaking and supplies run out. The first man who died instantly eaten. Killed another three sailors and one of them was cooked and eaten . One of the three boats had disappeared , and it never heard . The remaining two boats , one led by Captain Pollard (Pollard), and the other led by the senior mate Owen Chase, divided.After 89 days at sea, three men from the boat were rescued Chase English ship. On board the boat Pollard men cast lots younger cousin Pollard appeared next in line to be eaten , although Pollard and asked to take his place. A week later, after Chase was rescued American ship found Pollard and another crew member gnawing the bones of their comrades still mad with hunger. Decades later, Melville met with the captain, who served as an inspiration for his book , but he only exchanged pleasantries with him out of respect for the terror experienced by Pollard.
2 . Other survivors from the ship EssexShortly after the crew in their boats sailed from drowning Essex men noticed what is now the island of Henderson (Henderson Island). Men went ashore, thinking about salvation, but found a barren wasteland. Despite the lack of fresh water and food on the island, the three men decided to take a chance and stay. At least, so meager supplies three boats would last a little longer.This proved relatively good choice, although the situation was almost always desperate. Rainwater that collected in Ozerzhy on the rocks around the island helped quench the thirst of men, but to find food was very difficult. They did not have equipment for fishing, and they quickly ate crabs that lived on a small island. Three men had to drink the blood of birds, which they were able to catch, and they found a sad omen of their likely future, when they came across a few skeletons of people shipwrecked before them. For 111 days, that men spent on the island, almost all were exhausted resources. If Owen Chase persuaded his rescuers searched Pitcairn (Pitcairn Islands), three crew members left on the island of Henderson almost certainly would have died of thirst, as previous people shipwrecked before them.
1. Carnot Bernard About Bernard Carnot did not know much. All that is known for sure is that he was the son of an innkeeper from New Orleans, and because of a series of misunderstandings, he was convicted for a murder he did not commit, and in 1922 sent to Devil's Island, which was part of the French correctional colonies located off the coast of French Guiana.Devil's Island, as its name implies, is a hell on earth. This rocky island jungle teeming with tropical diseases, mosquitoes, and violence between prisoners. The colony was surrounded by sharks and currents that are usually thrown on the rocks person surrounding Devil's Island. After sixteen years, almost all of the records and trace Carnot disappeared until the American Don Quixote, William Willis, met Carnot mother in New York. Hearing the story of mother Carnot, Willis went to South America and asked for help from former and current inmates in penal colonies to find Carnot and help him escape. Carnot was found when he was barely alive, and dressed in tatters. Willis has his fake passport , money and clothes, and then moved Carnot aboard the transport ship, which took him to Brazil. But this is not the end of the misadventures of Carnot. It is believed that he could have been killed during the Second World War, when he joined the French army and fought under the leadership of Charles de Gaulle