Real Life Castaway
On the Trail of Philip Ashton and Roatan’s Pirate Past
In March 1723 Philip Ashton, a young Massachusetts fisherman, saw his chance to escape when pirates who had taken him captive nine months earlier stopped to look for drinking water on Roatan. He spent the next 16 months marooned alone on the island, living off fruit and turtle eggs. The author attempts to retrace his steps around modern-day Port Royal.