Fortuyn's Ghost

Author(s): Mark Greenwood


From the award-winning Mark Greenwood ("The Legend of Lasseter's Reef" and "The Legend of Moodyne Joe") comes "Fortuyn's Ghost", a haunting tale of shipwreck on the high seas. In 1724, the Dutch East India Company ship Fortuyn vanished after leaving the Cape of Good Hope, bound for Batavia. Stowed below deck was the Company's trading cash (a rich cargo of silver ingots, bullion and coins), all sealed in ten oak money chests. "Fortuyn's Ghost" imagines the doomed ship's fateful voyage to its likely end on Western Australia's treacherous Shipwreck Coast - a place well known for nautical hauntings.


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"'Old seafarers believe an ancient vessel, veiled in spray, still plies the storm-tossed waters. Once every year, on a three-quarter moon, a bell tolls, marking the minutes to midnight. And a rotted timber backbone slowly rises from a watery grave...' - From Fortuyn's Ghost"

Mark Greenwood is a storyteller with a passion for Australian history and folklore. Two of his previous books, The Legend of Lasseter's Reef and The Legend of Moondyne Joe (with Frane Lessac), have both won Western Australian Premier's Book Awards. Mark Wilson drew on his boyhood love of old sailing ships to illustrate Fortuyn's Ghost. Mark's previous children's picture books include the Extinction Series (Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature) and Yellow-Eye (Wilderness Society award, CBC Notable Book).

General Fields

  • : 9781920694777
  • : University of Western Australia Press
  • : University of Western Australia Press
  • : 0.36
  • : May 2007
  • : 280mm X 210mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Mark Greenwood
  • : Hardback
  • : Mark Wilson
  • : 823.92
  • : 32
  • : Historical fiction
  • : colour illustrations throughout