In the tale of the Batavia, truth is far better than fiction. In 1628 the Batavia, the flagship of the the Dutch East India Company, sailed from Holland enroute to Java.
Her hold was full of gold, silver, and gems as she sailed out on her maiden voyage. Besides her crew, she carried gentleman, a noble woman, a minister's family, various dignataries, and a detachment of soldiers.
And one charismatic psychopathic murderer.
In the pre-dawn light of June 3, 1629, the Batavia hit a corral reef off of Australia. More than 250 survivors waded ashore a small barren island.
And the murders began.
Batavia's Graveyard, written by Mike Dash.
Other books on the subject:
Voyage of Disaster, Henrietta Drake-Brockman
Island of Angry Ghost, Hugh Edwards
The Company, Arabella Edge (Fiction)