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I have lived with the knowledge of the Mahogany ship all my life, never once thinking it was a myth. Peter Mulready has given me the joy of its discovery so compellingly I can hardly believe it hasn't happened yet.
To take in the history of Australia long before Captain Cook claimed it for Britain in 1770 we have to recognise that Australia was well known to the people of the western Pacific.
If it were not for the 'Vatican Line' Australia would have been claimed by the Portuguese, not many years after Columbus discovered America.
This book takes us not only down the unknown coast of Australia but into Port Jackson where one day Sydney would stand and then far south into Port Philip Bay where Melbourne stands today before sailing further west under the most extreme conditions to finally end dramatically in the Port Fairy dunes.
It's a magnificent adventure, and as we sail with the men and live with them, we also live with Jake Gibson, an old man who is determined to find the ship and prove her existence before he dies​.
The thing I have enjoyed most of all is Peter Mulready doesn't let us down by hastening the end. He covers every single aspect of the whole adventure from all angles and leaves us completely satisfied - and sure the Mahogany ship is there, just waiting... waiting...

Carolyn (surname withheld) 5 out of 5 stars



Having just finished reading your wonderful book "Cross the Vatican Line" I felt compelled to express my enjoyment and must admit I wrongly assumed the story referred to the Vatican City, ignorant of the fact that that it was the meridian between the Spanish and Portuguese. 

 Your descriptions of life on board these small ships and the dreadful conditions the brave seamen endured with illness due to lack of nourishing food plus the battles with natives and heavy seas made me thankful that I live in this era on terra-firma!

Being Australian I could associate with Port Fairy and Warrnambool and places in the north , also the glossary was most helpful with some translations.

 Have you considered approaching a film company or the A.B.C. as this story and the brilliant way you have described the journey is far more interesting than most on view nowadays. Good Luck.

 Thank you and Congratulations for a great book.

 Kind regards.

Margery (surname withheld) 5 out of 5 stars



Your book and Graeme’s creation (Caravel ‘Notorious’) is fantastically absolutely inspirational. Is there any way I can get 8 copies of your book for our Moby’s Book Group in Melbourne? I think I lived another life reading “Cross the Vatican Line”, superbly written and the interweaving of the sailing and recent archaeology was very well crafted.

David (surname withheld)



Hi Peter

Just wanted to drop you a line and say hi. Mate loving the book picked it up yesterday and haven’t put it down (impressive considering I haven’t read a book since high school). Really liking the imagery; have had trouble with previous books and the manner in which they explain scene but really getting into your style. In short….love the book so far and have you written anymore?

Matthew (surname withheld)



Historically very interesting, like the theory that Chinese explorers were the first to reach Australia. Good story if slightly disjointed and as an ex Australian I find it is geographically a good reminder. Australians will like it.

John (surname withheld) 4 out of 5 stars