Alone: Orphaned on the Ocean

Alone: Orphaned on the Ocean

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by Richard D. Logan PhD, Tere Duperrault Fassbender
     
 

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A tanker steaming through the deep Northwest Providence Channel of the Bahamas comes across a shocking sight: a lone dinghy carrying Captain Julian Harvey and the body of a young girl. They are all that remain of the ketch Bluebelle, a handsome 60-foot sailing yacht chartered by the Duperrault family of Green Bay, Wisconsin. But their happy family vacation went

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A tanker steaming through the deep Northwest Providence Channel of the Bahamas comes across a shocking sight: a lone dinghy carrying Captain Julian Harvey and the body of a young girl. They are all that remain of the ketch Bluebelle, a handsome 60-foot sailing yacht chartered by the Duperrault family of Green Bay, Wisconsin. But their happy family vacation went terribly wrong when, according to Harvey, a violent and unexpected squall smashed the giant main mast, killed Harvey's wife and the others, and sank the boat. Harvey found the child floating dead and, as far as he knows, he is the only survivor. Or is he?

Four days later, just as Captain Harvey is testifying at a Coast Guard hearing about the tragic accident, amazing news of another survivor arrives. Eleven-year-old Terry Jo Duperrault has been found barely alive on a flimsy cork-and-canvas float, with no food or water. Harvey takes the news calmly, finishes his testimony, and leaves ... to commit bloody suicide.

This is the chillingly detailed inside story of what really happened during that trip and the decades-long courage of the sole survivor of a murderous crime.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982000977
Publisher:
Titletown Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
05/02/2010
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
1,425,249
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Logan is a nationally recognized expert in the psychology of solitary survival. He has been a guest on A&E and Discovery Channel. Tere Duperrault Fassbender was 11 when she was nearly swallowed by the ocean during four days at sea. Her rescue in 1961 was covered worldwide. She spent her life guarding the water that threatened her as a child.

Tere Duperrault Fassbender was 11 when she was nearly swallowed by the ocean during four days at sea. Her rescue in 1961 was covered worldwide. She has spent her life guarding the water that threatened her as a child.

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Alone: Orphaned on the Ocean 3.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 38 reviews.
knowfearnofear More than 1 year ago
"Alone Orphaned on the Ocean" do not hesitate to buy this book, read it and be prepared to have shivers down your spine. The unquestioned power of faith, love, and family brought me to my knees to give thanks to that undying spirit this 11 year child, now woman possesses. I couldn't help but cry tears of sadness for the loss this child endured, but I also cried tears of joy for the absolute, irrefutable, unfailing love and nuturing sent to Tere not only from her immediate family but the outpouring of love from around the world. Their is no doubt in this readers mind Tere Duperrault-Fassbender was saved for a reason! Read the Book and decide forself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story really touched my heart. It was through the pwoer of God that that young lady, now a grown woman, survived. Then, to find the courage to share her story with others absolute amazes me. She is proof that you can reclaim your life, despite anything that can happen to you. I applaud her and thank her for sharing her life, so others too can heal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Growing up in Ft. Lauderdale in the 60's I vividly remember this incident. Like Terry Jo, I was eleven years old when the Bluebelle sank and I remember thinking at the time that there was no way I could have survived the brutal death of my whole family and then being cast adrift on the ocean for four days. Unfortunately the sinking of the Bluebelle was the end of my innocence as I realized for the first time that there were human monsters in the world who were perfectly capable of performing random acts of violence and that no one was ever really "safe" from people like Captain Harvey. After all these years I was glad to read this survival story and see what happened to Terry Jo. She is obviously a courageous woman who didn't become bitter after losing her family in such a violent way and is a person who has gone on to have a happy life. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to celebrate the life of a very courageous woman and be inspired by a real-life heroine.
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JEN-E-- More than 1 year ago
Most concerns of that of an 11-yr-old does not revolve around the question: "How am I going to survive this?" And yet, that was the number one forethought that "Little Terry Jo" Duperrault had on her mind (whether she knew that or not). For any reader, witness, family member, friends, or the media would unanimously agree is the most important strategic decision that an "Orphan on the Ocean" would ever have to strategorize. This is a much smaller-sized book than what I am accustomed to perusing, containing much more self-proclaimed and verified rhetoric than I choose to read, but there only exists 11-yr-old Terry Jo's account, and a story created by the Coast Guard Investigator's , a carefully strategically placed facts fitting into a puzzle--an educated guess puzzle. The reader knows well enough to disregard anything said during the routine, coast guard testimony of Julian Harvey on November 16, 1961. Richard Logan, PhD., I truly commend the superfluous flow of facts to his readers, allowing his readers to get a clear, precise image of what happened to Terry Jo's parents, brother, sister, herself, Captain Julian and Mary Dene Harvey aboard the magnificent Bluebelle that last clear blue day sailing in the Gulf. The nightmare night of Sunday, November 12, 1961 is clearly retold, not anything like a presumed story of a traumatized sixth-grader, but a calm, matured Terry Jo--a testament of an enduring human spirit. Even though her age says otherwise, It is amazing, not at all an exaggeration, to call Terry Jo a hero. I would have loved to delve into the psyche of Captain Julian Harvey, but that is something that is beyond impossible to be retold. Once the facts are clearly addressed, the majority of the books pages must be filled in, giving Terry Jo a new purpose, a new reason to go on living, a new image. Most adults would not give traumatized children the amount of credit that the author, Richard Logan PhD gives to 11-yr-old Terry Jo, but since it is her harrowing story, he must. Although he did not witness Terry Jo blossoming into the Tere Duperrault he knows today, credit must be given to her inner child that learned too much beyond her child-like means could handle. Captain Julian Harvey is a shaded character of twisted means. His surviving sons, Julian Harvey, Jr. and Lance Harvey should have changed their names by now. He is a murderer, two-faced narcissistic sociopath whose glory days as a decorated war pilot hero became shrouded in mounting fears and anxieties, insecurities, five failed marriages, insurance scams, and the death of four members of a family of five. He heroically survived that car crash into the water, leaving third wife Jean Boylen Harvey and his mother-in-law to die in the murky depths. It is believed that he wanted to collect money on the insurance he had on wife #6, Mary Dene, and that the Duperault family had to go because they were witnesses to another one of his crimes. However, Terry Jo arose from those murky deaths to tell a story much different than the one he told. He didn't wait around to hear Terry Jo's story, because her survival meant that his gig was up, and his only way out of this mess was to kill himself. His youngest son, Lance would be 66 years old if he were still alive. I wonder how proud they were of their father, a fallen hero, now a coward, cheat and theif. This is a great read. I urge any person needing the inspiration to go on in life to
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ALONE gives the reader a sense of the vast openness of the world and how one moment in time can shape a life. It is an amazing story of survival and the will to live. It will also leave you with the sense that life is definitely worth living and if you ride the storm long enough you will always find clear skies ahead.