The Finest Hours. The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue

This book describes how, in the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor'easter in years, wreaking havoc on land and creating a wind-whipped peril of the freezing Atlantic. In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Fort Mercer and the Pendleton, broke in two. The Coast Guard raced its cutters to the Fort Mercer to rescue the men huddled in the halves, and when the Pendleton proved to be in danger of capsizing, sent out into the storm two 36-foot wooden lifeboats, each manned by four crewmen, in what every crewman realized could be a suicide mission in the enormous seventy-foot seas. This spellbinding book is overflowing with breathtaking scenes that sear themselves into the mind’s eye, as boats capsize, bows and sterns crash into one another, and men hurl themselves into the raging sea in their terrifying battle to survive. Not all of the 84 men caught in the midst of the brutal storm survived, but considering the odds, it’s a miracle that any came home at all.

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    1230 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY  United States  10020
  • Authors:
    • Tougias, Michael J
    • Sherman, Casey
  • Publication Date: 2009


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Bibliography; Photos;
  • Pagination: 204p

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  • Accession Number: 01140564
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9781416567219
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 22 2009 5:49PM