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Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do

In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. The Coast Guard heard the Mayday calls and immediately dispatched a patrol boat. Within an hour, the Coast Guard boat was in as much trouble as the tanker, having lost its radar, depth finder, and engine power in horrendous seas. Pilot boat Captain Frank Quirk was monitoring the Coast Guard's efforts by radio, and when he heard that the patrol boat was in jeopardy, he decided to act. Gathering his crew of four, he readied his forty-nine-foot steel boat, the Can Do, and entered the maelstrom of the blizzard.

Using dozens of interview and audiotapes that recorded every word exchanged between Quirk and the Coast Guard, Tougias has written a devastating, true account of bravery and death at sea, in Ten Hours Until Dawn.

Michael J. Tougias is the author of many award-winning true rescue stories, including the New York Times-bestseller The Finest Hours, A Storm Too Soon, Into the Blizzard, and Attacked at Sea. His latest book is The Waters Between Us: A Boy, A Father, Outdoor Misadventures and the Healing Power of Nature. A frequent lecturer on his work, Tougias splits his time between Massachusetts and Florida. michaeltougias.com

ISBN: 9780312334369

ISBN-10: 9780312334369

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Publication Date: 05/30/2006 - 12:00am

On Sale: 05/30/2006 - 12:00am

Pages: 336

Language: English

Categories

History / Maritime History & Piracy

Transportation / Ships & Shipbuilding

Nature / Natural Disasters

Transportation / Ships & Shipbuilding / History

History / United States / State & Local / New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)