In 1838, the famous horror writer, Egdar
Allan Poe, wrote his only novel, 'The narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym'. It was
about four survivors of the shipwreck of the whaler Grampus who were in an open life boat for many days
before they decided to kill and eat the cabin boy whose name was Richard
Parker. Almost 50 years later, in 1884, the yawl, Mignonette, foundered with only
four survivors, who were in an open boat for many days. Eventually, the three
senior members of the crew killed and ate the 17-year old cabin boy. 24 days after killing and beginning to eat the boy, the 3 survivors were rescued by the sailing barque Montezuma, a ship named after the Aztec king noted for cannibalism. The name of the cabin
boy they killed and ate? Richard Parker.