After three months in an open boat, the place the escapees are finally apprehended is astonishing. And mystery surrounds their various fates.
This continues from Part II Eaglehawk Neck Finally, six weeks after the Southport attack, on 26th March, a Telegraphic Message was received from Port Arthur that Signals had been received from Eaglehawk Neck. A boat had been sighted, heading for Maria Island. George King was convinced it was the escapees’ boat but had no vessel... Continue Reading →
The escapees head westwards, pursued by Government Schooner "Eliza". They encounter ship builders at Port Davey.
In 1839, in the very early days of the penal settlement at Port Arthur, eight men contrived an escape. It led to an almost inconceivable journey.
Many are bewildered by Critchley's tragic adventure. But when you consider his circumstances, his wild Romantic ambition is easier to understand.