Local author Andrew Vietze will appear in an episode of “Monumental Mysteries” airing Friday, June 27, at 9 p.m. an airing on cable television’s Travel Channel.

The show, hosted by Don Wildman, visited Boon Island to recreate the dark and mysterious events that occurred there in December 1710. The wreck of the British merchant vessel Nottingham Galley on the tiny isle became an international sensation and was chronicled in the award-winning book “Boon Island: A True Story of Mutiny, Shipwreck, and Cannibalism” by Vietze and Stephen Erickson.

The Galley crew members endured the better part of a month on the rock in the winter without any provisions. Four men died and the remaining 10 — at their “last extremity,” as their captain put it — were forced to eat one of the bodies in order to survive. When they were eventually rescued, Capt. John Deane told one story and his crew told another, a much darker tale of mutiny, betrayal and attempted murder.

“Boon Island” won a gold at the Independent Publishers Book Awards in New York, was a Book of the Year finalist (ForeWord) and recently rose to become the No. 1 bestselling American history title on Amazon.

Several reviewers have mentioned the book's Hollywood appeal and the Travel Channel agreed, spending two days filming in York last October. One day took them out to the island, and the other was spent filming establishing shots in York and interviewing Vietze, who lives in Appleton. The producers then returned to New York and wrote scripts for actors who will portray the notorious Capt. Deane and his mutinous crew, reenacting the gruesome event. The episode features three segments: “Mike The Headless Chicken, The Mystery Of Boon Island, Sister Aimee’s Scandal.”

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.