Patrick Watkins (sailor)

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Patrick Watkins was an Irish sailor who was marooned on Floreana, an island of the Galápagos Islands, from 1807 to 1809.[1] He was the first resident of the Galapagos.[2] According to later accounts, Watkins managed to survive by hunting, growing vegetables, and trading with visiting whalers, before finally stealing an open boat and navigating to Guayaquil, Ecuador.[2]

Popular culture[edit]

Spanish novellist Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa based his 1982 novel Iguana on the case of Watkins. Later, the novel was cinematized by American director Monte Hellman in 1988.[3]


  1. ^ Ira Basen, Jane Farrow, Amy Wallace, and David Wallechinsky, "9 ORDINARY MEN WHO PLAYED KING," The Book of Lists: The Original Compendium of Curious Information, Canadian Edition (Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2005), 270.
  2. ^ a b Heinzel, Hermann; Hall, Barnaby (2000). Galapagos Diary : A Complete Guide to the Archipelago's Birdlife. University of California Press. p. 119. ISBN 978-0-520-22836-8. 
  3. ^ Iguana DVD Video Review