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After the storm : true stories of disaster and recovery at sea

by Rousmaniere, John.

Format: Print Book 2002
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Non Fiction 910.4 Rou
Location  C.C. Mellor Memorial Library
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  910.4 Rou
CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction G525.R779 2002
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  G525.R779 2002
Northern Tier Regional Library Nonfiction 910.452 ROUSM
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  910.452 ROUSM
This volume recounts stories of seafaring disasters and explores the consequences of these disasters for survivors, rescuers, families, communities and, in some cases, nations. The stories include: a mid-Atlantic accident that destroyed a prominent family; the Pacific typhoon that postponed America's first war with Germany; New England's equivalent of the Titanic; the worst non-combat disaster in Navy history; the stormy deaths of a poet and of a great American woman writer; and three disturbing tales of derelict ships adrift at sea (including the involvement of the creator of Sherlock Holmes).
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Rousmaniere, the author of 18 books, sailed in the 1979 Fastnet Race in which five boats were sunk and 15 sailors died in a storm near England. He has gathered here 10 electrifying true stories that describe disasters at sea. They contain what he identifies as the five elements of a storm: its demanding weather; the seamanship needed to cope with it; the intense stress it places on victims and survivors; the beliefs that play a part in it at every stage; and the consequences of storms for the victims' community. Included are the chronicle of the schooner Ariel, on which Percy Shelley was killed in 1822; the story of the passenger steamer Portland, which sunk in 1898 in Massachusetts Bay, killing almost 200 people; and the wreck of the supply ship Pollux off the coast of Newfoundland during World War II. Every item is engrossing reading. George Cohen."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In his latest, Rousmaniere (Fastnet, Force 10; The Annapolis Book of Seamanship) reconstructs 12 tales of sea wrecks and near-misses from captains' logs and eyewitnesses, which are as sad as they are compelling to read. The poet Shelley's romance with the sea (and his life) comes to an end from careless sailing and a black squall; an African-American church congregation is decimated when the side-wheeler Portland rolls in Massachusetts Bay; during the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, sailors of the supply ship Pollux teeter between heroism and madness while their ship breaks apart on a rocky shelf. But as the title indicates, this book is more than a simple curio of casualty. Having survived his own brush with a watery death in 1979, Rousmaniere arrays in these remarkable stories a study of the reactions to sudden calamity, be they acts of sheer heroism, mute observation or a helpless slide into panic, and the lasting misfortune of those who survive the dead. The book is not without religious overtones, and peppered throughout are insightful digressions into biography, literary criticism and the composition of popular hymns. At once ominously desperate and unerringly hopeful, this book is a wise, generous read. Photos and maps not seen by PW. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Shipwrecks.
Publisher Camden, Me. :International Marine/McGraw-Hill,2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xiii, 338 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-329) and index.
ISBN 0071377956 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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