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

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Nature - 336 pages
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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.


  

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

User Review  - Stuart - Goodreads

A well-written, riveting story of the Blizzard of 78 and the crew of the "Can Do" boat that went out in the blizzard to attempt to help with a rescue. Taking place in the Salem Sound (where I sail ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Debra - Goodreads

Exciting, though heartbreaking account of the tragic events during the Blizzard of '78. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Part I
3
The Gathering Storm
5
The Coast Guard Responds
18
Frank Quirk and Charlie Bucko
35
Rogue Waves and Dead Engines
48
Rescue of the Chester Poling
60
A Storm Like No Other
77
Beyond the Realm of Experience
179
The Anchor
188
The Breakwater
197
Desperation
210
Dawns Dim Light
219
Part III
227
The Search
229
The Global Hope
237

Swept Over with a Crash
88
Part II
99
A Familys Anxious Wait
101
Time Is the Enemy
117
Heading Northeast
127
Pursuing Lifes Pathway
136
In Shoal Waters
152
Troubles on the Cape George
161
Silence
171
Devastation
245
Discoveries
254
The Week After
262
Wrecked Boat Wrecked Lives
269
Crossing the Bar
277
Brian and Farewell
287
Epilogue
299
Authors Note
311
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About the author (2007)

Michael J. Tougias is a syndicated newspaper columnist and the award-winning author of fifteen books. His latest book, The Blizzard of '78, was a Boston Globe bestseller. He is also the coauthor of King Philip's War and There's a Porcupine in My Outhouse (Best Nature Book of 2003---Independent Publishers Association). He lives in Franklin, Massachusetts.

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