The Ship, the Lady and the Lake: The Extraordinary Life of a Victorian Steamship in the Andes

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An extraordinary account of one woman's single-minded campaign to restore a Victorian steamship to her former glory and make her an Andean attraction Here is a vivid account of Meriel Larken's incredible quest 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 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.

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Meriel Larken is director and founder of the Yavari Project and holder of the Orden al Merito for services to numerous social projects through The Anglo-Peruvian Society, of which she is the former chairperson. She is the former administrator of the Cusichaca Archaeological Project near Machu Picchu, and founding chairperson of the Anglo-­Latin American Foundation.

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This is an unusual story, written by a woman with a dream that bordered on obsession. It began with an offhand remark by a cousin at a family function in 1975. This cousin informed the author that their great-grandfather had built a prefabricated ship in 1862 and transported it, part by part, up to Lake Titicaca, high in the Peruvian Andes. The ship, the Yavari, was assembled and traversed the lake well into the twentieth century. Several years later, while touring in South America, Larken found the rotting hull of the ship on the lake, where it served as a makeshift prison. Determined to “save” the ship and restore it, Larken began a quarter-century-long odyssey that required her to navigate the shoals of Peruvian bureaucracy and to cajole, solicit, and sometimes beg for financial support from individuals and organizations on both sides of the Atlantic. Despite setbacks, her sheer determination led to the restoration of the ship, and it is now a frequently visited tourist attraction. Larken’s account of her efforts is both enjoyable and instructive. --Jay Freeman

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