The Sea Shall Embrace Them: The Tragic Story of the Steamship Arctic
The 1854 collision at sea between the Arctic and the Vesta, a much smaller French steamship, set in motion one of the most harrowing events in maritime history, with enormous and tragic consequences. David W. Shaw, who brings decades of experience as a seaman to his writing, has based this riveting tale on the firsthand testimony of the few who survived the wreck, including its heroic captain, James C. Luce.
It is the story of the brave and dutiful Luce fighting his mutinous crew as they take the lifeboats, leaving hundreds of men, women, and children to suffer a cruel and painful death. It is also the story of those who survived the frigid waters and those who perished -- including Luce's own frail son, who died as the grief-stricken captain helplessly watched. Not only did 400 people die by daybreak, the wreck brought to an end the domination of the seas by the American maritime fleet.
Utterly compelling, beautifully written, and a fascinating, heretofore little-known slice of American history, "The Sea Shall Embrace Them" is a stirring narrative that puts the reader on the deck as a shipful of men, women, and children do battle both with a mighty ocean and with their own baser instincts to survive.
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Review: The Sea Shall Embrace Them: The Tragic Story of the Steamship ArcticUser Review - John Butt - Goodreads
Devastating. I had to put the book down and take an emotional break on a few occasions. Read full review
Review: The Sea Shall Embrace Them: The Tragic Story of the Steamship ArcticUser Review - Karin Coppernoll - Goodreads
A tragic accounting of the sinking of the steamship, "Arctic," on September 27, 1854. Of the 408 crew and passengers, only 22 men survived. All of the women and children were lost due to the cowardice of the crew, despite the brave and courageous efforts of Captain Luce. Read full review
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