58 Degrees North: The Mysterious Sinking of the Arctic Rose

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 1, 2008 - Social Science - 272 pages
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In the spring of 2001, an industrial fishing trawler went down in the icy waters just below the Arctic Circle, with its position last recorded at 58 degrees north. The Arctic Rose sank so abruptly that there was not even time to put on survival suits or call for help, and all fifteen men aboard were killed. Hugo Kugiya's book is a powerful story of adventure and disaster, illuminating how the modern industrial fishing industry gave rise to these fifteen young men's dangerous and strangely archaic life, and tracing the Coast Guard investigation into what really sank the Arctic Rose.
Hugo Kugiya has worked as a journalist for fifteen years, reporting for the Orlando Sentinel, the Seattle Times, and Newsday, among others. His 2001 series on the sinking of the Arctic Rose won Newsday's Publisher's Award. He lives in Seattle with his daughter. This is his first book.
"Highly readable... the portraits of the doomed fishermen-Capt. Dave Randall, Mexican immigrant Angel Mendez (seen mostly through the eyes of his widow), amiable drifter Eddie Haynes-grip and fascinate...Bound to suck in maritime buffs."-Publishers Weekly
"Kugiya ably reconstructs events and characters...a crew fit for a World War II film, all facing a cruel sea."-Hollywood Reporter
"Sympathetic to the difficulties that fishermen face but not sentimental, Kugiya puts a human face on an assortment of drifters, illegal aliens, and small businessmen, all hard-working men who turned to the sea for escape or a means to a new start. An intriguing look into one of the most dangerous occupations in America."-Library Journal
 

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User Review  - whitewavedarling - LibraryThing

Kugiya's exploration of the Arctic Rose's disastrous end is a comprehensive look at the men who worked aboard her and the circumstances that might have led to her destruction. Through looks at ... Read full review

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User Review  - corglacier7 - LibraryThing

Having worked up in the Bering Sea fleet as an observer, this is a decent look at the circumstances and story surrounding the loss of the "Arctic Rose", one of the more infamous Alaskan fishing boat ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
Departing St Paul
15
Lost on the Zhemchug Flats
20
The Search for Survivors
39
The Investigation Begins
64
Dying for Sole
92
The Hearing Begins
117
The Former Crew
141
Dutch Harbor
163
The Last Voyage of the Arctic Rose
181
A View of the Wreck
203
The Last Days
223
Solving the Mystery
246
Acknowledgments
262
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Hugo Kugiya has worked as a journalist for fifteen years, reporting for the Orlando Sentinel, the Seattle Times, and Newsday, among others. His 2001 series on the sinking of the Arctic Rose won Newsday's Publisher's Award. He lives in Seattle with his daughter. This is his first book.

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