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Book: Giselle and the Fate of Wahine by Marty Walpole

Book: Giselle and the Fate of Wahine by Marty Walpole

categories: Book, New Zealand History, Cyclones, Inter-Island Ferry, Wahine, Wellington Harbor, New Zealand Shipping, Ferry Transportation, Easter, 1968, Union Steamship Company, Cyclone Giselle, New Zealand Disasters, Maritime Disasters


Marty Walpole

Author Marty Walpoleabout this book: In New Zealand in 1968 the nation came to a halt as news of the sinking of the inter-island ferry, Wahine, spread around the country. News crews were soon braving the horrendous weather on the cliffs of Wellington harbor watching and reporting on the ferry's fight the monster cyclone Giselle.

This is a fictionalized account of this sinking. The protagonist, Emma Cassidy, is a passenger on board heading for the capital city of Wellington. As the ferry enters the harbor, cyclone Giselle knocks the vessel off course and forces her onto Barrett's reef. With the vehicle deck flooding and the ship listing to one side, Emma must fight for, not only her own survival, but the survival of friends she has made. Surrounded by panic mixed with fear and with the ship slowly rolling over on one side, hundreds of passengers try to cram into only a few lifeboats. Emma, along with a boy named Lee, search for another way to get ashore. Follow Emma's adventures as she teams up with 1st officer Peter Knight, Harbor master Samuel Galloway and Wahine's captain Angus Robertson as they battle the cyclone Giselle.

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