Minerva Reef Fourteen Desperate Weeks with the Castaway Tongans. By Olaf Ruhen. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND THE CAPTAIN. David Fifita, David's wife: Alapasita Fifita and 3 others
Minerva Reef Fourteen Desperate Weeks with the Castaway Tongans. By Olaf Ruhen. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND THE CAPTAIN. David Fifita, David's wife: Alapasita Fifita and 3 others
Minerva Reef Fourteen Desperate Weeks with the Castaway Tongans. By Olaf Ruhen. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND THE CAPTAIN. David Fifita, David's wife: Alapasita Fifita and 3 others
Minerva Reef Fourteen Desperate Weeks with the Castaway Tongans. By Olaf Ruhen. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND THE CAPTAIN. David Fifita, David's wife: Alapasita Fifita and 3 others
Minerva Reef Fourteen Desperate Weeks with the Castaway Tongans. By Olaf Ruhen. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND THE CAPTAIN. David Fifita, David's wife: Alapasita Fifita and 3 others

Minerva Reef Fourteen Desperate Weeks with the Castaway Tongans. By Olaf Ruhen. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND THE CAPTAIN. David Fifita, David's wife: Alapasita Fifita and 3 others

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Minerva Reef Fourteen Desperate Weeks with the Castaway Tongans. By Olaf Ruhen.

SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND THE CAPTAIN David Fifita. Also signed by David's wife: Alapasita Fifita, and what appears to be T Uaisele (ship's carpenter). Plus signatures of 2 passengers: Sipa Fine- boxing champion of Tonga, and T Bloomfield.

Publisher: Minerva Bookshop Limited, first edition, 1963.

Very good hardback with jacket. Some rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, no owner inscriptions, minor marks and shelf wear. Jacket has light shelf-wear, some chipping to edge, spine is faded.

On the night of 7 July 1962 the twenty ton cutter Tuaikaepau, sailing from Tonga to Auckland, ran hard upon the outer edge of Minerva Reef, 380 miles south of Suva in Fiji. Heavy seas and the sharp teeth of the coral quickly broke the cutter to pieces, and her complement of seventeen Tongans found themselves without even a small boat on a reef that was totally submerged except during the few hours of low tide each day.

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Minerva Reef Fourteen Desperate Weeks with the Castaway Tongans. By Olaf Ruhen. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND THE CAPTAIN. David Fifita, David's wife: Alapasita Fifita and 3 others
Minerva Reef Fourteen Desperate Weeks with the Castaway Tongans. By Olaf Ruhen. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND THE CAPTAIN. David Fifita, David's wife: Alapasita Fifita and 3 others
Minerva Reef Fourteen Desperate Weeks with the Castaway Tongans. By Olaf Ruhen. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND THE CAPTAIN. David Fifita, David's wife: Alapasita Fifita and 3 others