AUBURN — Author Andrew Vietze will talk about his nonfiction book, “Boon Island: A True Story of Mutiny, Shipwreck, and Cannibalism” at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at the Auburn Public Library.

Boon Island, a barren piece of land located in the Gulf of Maine, is six miles off the town of York. The island is about 300 by 700 feet in size at low tide, and is the site of Boon Island Light.

The wreck of Nottingham Galley on Boon Island and the subsequent rumors of insurance fraud, mutiny, treason and cannibalism was one of the most sensational stories of the early-18th century.

Shortly after departing England with Capt. John Deane at the helm, his brother, Jasper, another investor and an inexperienced crew, the ship encountered French privateers on its way to Ireland, where it lingered for weeks, picking up cargo.

The crew eventually headed into the North Atlantic and found themselves shipwrecked on Boon Island. Deane offered one version of the events that led them to the barren rock off the coast of Maine; his crew proposed another.

Vietze is the author of six books. His previous book, “Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America’s 26th President,” won a silver medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards. It was honored by the Maine Legislature, and was a 2010 Book of the Year Award finalist in the biography category.

Vietze spends six months of the year as a ranger in the wilds of the Katahdin region.


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