MERIEL LARKEN: The Ship, the Lady & the Lake Dec 11th

Meriel Larken

tells us about her incredible campaign to restore the “Yavari” steamship against the odds – a ship that is now celebrating its 150 year anniversary in 2012. In 1862 the English-built “Yavari” was taken to bits and shipped to South America. In an epic logistical feat it was carried in thousands of pieces, by mule, up the Andes to Lake Titicaca, 12,500 feet above sea level, the world’s highest navigable waterway.

She was reconstructed and for more than a century plied her trade up and down the lake, but by 1985 she was a sad rotting hulk until she was found by local lady Muriel Larken, who led the quest to project to restore and preserve the ship. The oldest single screw iron passenger ship in the world, this nautical and engineering jewel is now a major Peruvian tourist attraction.

Meriel will be talking about her book The Ship, the Lady and the Lake: the Extraordinary Life of a Victorian Steamship, answer questions from the audience and sign copies afterwards


The Three Swans Hotel at 7pm

Tuesday December 11th

Tickets £5

Call 01488 683480 to book or reserve a signed copy