The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guards Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael J. TougiasIn the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal noreaster in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril.
In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, found themselves in the same horrifying predicament. Built with dirty steel, and not prepared to withstand such ferocious seas, both tankers split in two, leaving the dozens of men on board utterly at the Atlantics mercy.
The Finest Hours is the gripping, true story of the valiant attempt to rescue the souls huddling inside the broken halves of the two ships. Coast Guard cutters raced to the aid of those on the Fort Mercer, and when it became apparent that the halves of the Pendleton were in danger of capsizing, the Guard sent out two thirty-six-foot lifeboats as well. These wooden boats, manned by only four seamen, were dwarfed by the enormous seventy-foot seas. As the tiny rescue vessels set out from the coast of Cape Cod, the men aboard were all fully aware that they were embarking on what could easily become a suicide mission.
The spellbinding tale is overflowing with breathtaking scenes that sear themselves into the minds eye, as boats capsize, bows and sterns crash into one another, and men hurl themselves into the raging sea in their terrifying battle for survival.
Not all of the eighty-four men caught at sea in the midst of that brutal storm survived, but considering the odds, its a miracle--and a testament to their bravery--that any came home to tell their tales at all.
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Read about Colin and his friends. Seaside Safety Posters. The fun activities help support the early years foundation framework, assisting development in key areas, including communication, language, literacy, problem solving, reasoning and numeracy. The stories also provide an introduction to the natural world and an early awareness of the environment. Special versions of our adventure stories are available for iBooks, with sounds and animations. My name is Colin and I work as a Coastguard with my dog Rocky, in a coastal village called Tideswell.
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