At last the story has been told

Douglas has finally produced, from a combination of Dougal's notes and old newspaper articles, together with family members personal recollections, an exciting account of the Robertson Family's travels. The story includes our meeting with the Icelanders, who were on a similar journey as ourselves and to whom, the successful outcome of our trip was so dependant. He recounts the initial stages of leaving Falmouth on the south coast of England in the teeth of a raging storm and our arrival at Portugal and the Canary Islands. Follow the family's adventures, as they sailed before the trade winds of old, across the Atlantic Ocean and on through the Caribbean to America.
Join them on the Spanish Main and the Panama canal, enroute to the Pacific Ocean and then on to the Galapagos islands, to the point where an unforseen disaster changed their lives forever. Discover the privations they were forced to endure and how the conclusuion of their adventure became the mother of modern survival epics.


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 Killer Whales

Killer whales after the impact painted by Douglas

 Meet the Author UK

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Media reviews

Sunday Herald Scotland

Midweek BBC Radio 4



 Book Douglas to speak at your event

 Douglas is an accomplished after dinner speaker, and is often asked to share, his wonderful and unique insights into survival at sea. If you would like him to speak at your event, or even join your book circle discussion just drop him a line. You can buy old copies of Survive the savage Sea at various places on the web some of which are on our links page 


Reviews of 'Last Voyage of the Lucette'

Found it to be the most remarkable adventure I have ever read (and I do a lot of reading!) and quite inspirational in a way that hasn't touched my mind and soul for some time. - see Robertson Guestbook

'The author has drawn upon a wealth of other sources, including his own memories of a life-changing experience, to bring us this true story of adventure, of relationships strained to the bursting point, of conflict and resolution – ultimately a very human and humbling tale.' - Seafarer/Sheridan Books


“The author has taken his father's classic book, Survive the Savage Sea, about their family's survival when their boat was sunk by killer whales during a Pacific crossing, and added his own account. He also tells the story of the 18-month voyage through the Atlantic, Caribbean and Panama Canal that preceeded the shipwreck. This is a fascinating read.” Lattitudes & Attitudes, May 2005:

This book had me totally absorbed from page 1. An extraordinary and remarkable true story of a familys' trip around the world and astounding tale of survival at sea after their schooner was attacked by a pod of Killer whales and sank, leaving the family of 6 adrift for 38 days without food or water. Eloquently written, it presents with clarity and coherence scenes and events that pluck at the heart strings in describing their ordeals. The author has managed to place the reader at the centre of the action as their nightmare unfolds. This book will make you smile and even cry as you share the emotional turmoil and unyielding dynamics of a family living in close confines aboard the yacht as well as when they were fighting for survival in their raft. Based on his father's classic book 'Survive the Savage Sea' Douglas, a young adolescent boy who was forced to become a man overnight, has added almost 60% of new material including pictures, maps and illustrations to create a real masterpiece that has already been screened on the National Geogrphic Channel as a docu-film. Once started you wont put it down till your finished.

This is the story of the 18-month voyage of the Lucette, across the Atlantic, around the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal and into the Pacific, and how the family survived their shipwreck. It is a vivid account of the delights and hardships, the excitements and the dangers, the emotional highs and lows experienced by the family both before and after the shipwreck.

An awe inspiring account of the family journey. Compelling reading for all! I couldn't put it down.