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Great Shipwrecks of the Maine Coast

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No one knows the maritime history of the Northeast any better than Jeremy D'Entremont, and with this small volume he begins a series of histories about the shipwrecks, lighthouses, and sea heroes of New England. The book begins with the hurricane of 1635, one of the worst recorded hurricanes in regional history, and the ship Angel Gabriel, which sank at anchor off of Pemaquid during the hurricane. Other accounts include a 1710 wreck at Boon Island which, in its day, was as sensational as "Mutiny on the Bounty." ...

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Overview

No one knows the maritime history of the Northeast any better than Jeremy D'Entremont, and with this small volume he begins a series of histories about the shipwrecks, lighthouses, and sea heroes of New England. The book begins with the hurricane of 1635, one of the worst recorded hurricanes in regional history, and the ship Angel Gabriel, which sank at anchor off of Pemaquid during the hurricane. Other accounts include a 1710 wreck at Boon Island which, in its day, was as sensational as "Mutiny on the Bounty." Four men were killed and the remaining two dozen had to resort to extraordinary measures to survive. Also here are the Penobscot Expedition, America's worst naval defeat until Pearl Harbor; a famous circus ship that foundered off Vinalhaven in 1836; and the mysterious explosion of a motorboat in 1941, which killed all 34 people on board. D'Entremont's authoritative history and skillful storytelling are illustrated by archival black-and-white photographs and etchings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981943060
  • Publisher: Commonwealth Editions
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: Maritime Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 992,064
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy D'Entremont has been writing about and photographing lighthouses for two decades. Webmaster of "New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide" at www.lighthouse.cc, he is founder and president of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, a board member of the American Lighthouse Foundation, and a writer for Lighthouse Digest magazine. A native of Lynn, Massachusetts, he lives with his wife, Charlotte Raczkowski, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 The Angel Gabriel and the James in the Great Hurricane of 1635 1

Chapter 2 The Nottingham Galley at Boon Island, 1710 10

Chapter 3 The Doomed Penobscot Expedition of 1779 22

Chapter 4 The Circus Ship Royal Tar in Penobscot Bay, 1836 33

Chapter 5 The Steamer Bohemian at Cape Elizabeth, 1864 41

Chapter 6 The Bark Annie C. Maguire at Portland Head Lighthouse, 1886 48

Chapter 7 The Strange Loss of the Don, 1941 56

Chapter 8 The Sinking of the USS Eagle 56, 1945 65

Chapter 9 The Oakey L. Alexander Rescue, 1947 76

Chapter 10 More Wrecks along the Maine Coast 84

Selected Bibliography 107

Index 111

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