The Pendleton Disaster off Cape Cod: The Greatest Small Boat Rescue in Coast Guard History

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On February 18, 1952, off the coast of Cape Cod, a fierce nor’easter snapped in half two 503-foot oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer. Human grace and grit, leadership and endurance prevail as Theresa Mitchell Barbo and Captain W. Russell Webster (Ret.) recount the historic, heroic rescue of thirty-two merchant mariners from the sinking Pendleton by four young Coast Guardsmen aboard the 36-foot motor lifeboat CG36500. A foreword by former Commandant Admiral Thad Allen (Ret.) and an essay by Master ...
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On February 18, 1952, off the coast of Cape Cod, a fierce nor’easter snapped in half two 503-foot oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer. Human grace and grit, leadership and endurance prevail as Theresa Mitchell Barbo and Captain W. Russell Webster (Ret.) recount the historic, heroic rescue of thirty-two merchant mariners from the sinking Pendleton by four young Coast Guardsmen aboard the 36-foot motor lifeboat CG36500. A foreword by former Commandant Admiral Thad Allen (Ret.) and an essay by Master Chief John “Jack” Downey (Ret.), a veteran of thousands of modern-day small boat rescues, round out the special third edition of this classic work on Coast Guard history.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781609490508
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/30/2010
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 455,368
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Theresa M. Barbo is Director of the Cape Wildlife Center, a program of the Humane Society of the United States, and the Fund for Animals. She is also the author of historical nonfiction books and is a former award-winning broadcast journalist, newsmagazine history editor and noted public lecturer. Published by The History Press, her works include The Cape Cod Murder of 1899; True Accounts of Yankee Ingenuity & Grit; and the previous two editions of The Pendleton Disaster off Cape Cod: the Greatest Small Boat Rescue in Coast Guard History 2nd Edition (co-authored with W. Russell Webster, which remains on the Commandant’s Recommended Reading List for Leadership). Her other works include Cape Cod Bay: A History of Salt & Sea, Foreword by Admiral Richard Gurnon, President, Massachusetts Maritime Academy; and Nantucket Sound: A Maritime History, Foreword by Congressman Bill Delahunt, 10th Massachusetts District. She serves as chair of the Cape Wildlife Center Community Council and is a commissioner on the Cape and Islands Commission on the Status of Women. Theresa is the founding director of the annual Cape Cod Maritime History Symposium, partnered with the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, now in its fifteenth year. She presents illustrated lectures on maritime history and contemporary marine public policy before civic groups and educational audiences. Her area of expertise in merchant marine research is on nineteenth-century Cape Cod sea captains when American deep water skippers ruled global maritime commerce. She holds bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and has studied executive integral leadership at the University of Notre Dame. Theresa resides on Cape Cod with her husband, Daniel, and their children, Katherine and Thomas.

W. Russell Webster retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2003 after serving twenty-six years’ military service. While in the Coast Guard, Webster was Group Woods Hole rescue commander from 1998 to 2001 and led his service’s operational response to the John F. Kennedy Jr. and Egypt Air 990 crashes. He was also the Coast Guard’s regional operations officer for the September 11 terrorist attack responses. Captain Webster is a maritime historian who specializes in Cape Cod–area rescues. His current project is a new book that analyzes three milestone near-shore rescue cases in Coast Guard history: the 1990 Sol e Mar case, the 1997 Morning Dew case and the 2009 Patriot sinking. Captain Webster is providing a historical narrative of these three tragedies and suggesting changes based on common themes that have emerged from his investigation. He is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and holds a master of science in systems technology and a master of arts in national strategic studies. Webster is New England’s first Preparedness Coordinator for FEMA in Boston, where he coordinates with states, communities and individuals to better prepare for both man-made and natural disasters. He resides in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, with his wife, Elizabeth, son Andrew and daughter Noelle.

Master Chief John “Jack” Downey’s last assignment was command master chief First Coast Guard District from June 2006 to June 2008. His primary responsibilities were to advise Rear Admiral Timothy S. Sullivan, commander of First Coast Guard District, on issues and initiatives pertaining to all Coast Guard members and their families within District One. The First District includes eight states in the Northeast and 2,000 miles of coastline from the United States–Canada border to northern New Jersey. Master Chief Downey entered recruit training at Training Center Cape May in November 1966; he has served continuously in the Coast Guard for over 40 years in Reserve and active duty status. Master Chief Downey is the first recipient of the Joshua James Keeper Award (Ancient Keeper). Master chief held this distinguished title of Ancient Keeper until he retired. The Joshua James Keeper Award recognizes longevity and outstanding performance in Coast Guard Boat Forces operations. The award’s namesake, Captain Joshua James, saved 626 lives and is the most celebrated lifesaver in Coast Guard history. Master Chief Downey has held the title of officer in charge of Boat Forces units for more than 17 cumulative years and has served in the Boat Forces community for more than 20 years. Master Chief Downey has served in a wide variety of operational, command and staff assignments; five officer in charge multimission ashore assignments; and two officer in charge afloat assignments, aboard CGC Towline and CGC Hammerhead. Other afloat assignments are the CGC Casco, CGC Chase and CGC Cape George. Master Chief Downey also served temporary duty assignments aboard CGC Seneca, CGC Reliance, CGC Neah Bay and CGC Point Hannon. Early in his career he was assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Salem as a crewman aboard a rescue and recover craft for water takeoff and landing of Coast Guard aircraft. Staff assignments were chief in the barracks for Gulf Company and lead instructor for the Command and Operations School at the Leadership and Development Center located at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. Master Chief Downey’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with a gold star and operational distinguishing device, Coast Guard Commendation Medal with three gold stars and operational distinguishing device, Letter of Commendation with operational distinguishing device, Good Conduct Medal with a silver star and the Navy League Douglas A. Munro Award for inspirational leadership. Jack and his wife, Judith, reside in Narragansett, Rhode Island, where he is now the Narragansett harbormaster.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Thad Allen, Admiral, USCG (Ret.) 9

Preface to the Third Edition 13

Acknowledgements 15

Introduction 17

1 Passages 27

2 February 18, 1952 31

3 The Fort Mercer Rescue 39

4 Aboard the CG36500 45

5 Seeking Belonging and Purpose 73

6 Spring 1952 85

7 May 2002 103

8 Bernie's August Years 121

9 Found Heroes 133

The CG36500: A Master Chief's Perspective John "JackDowney, (Ret.) 137

The CG36500-Pendleton Leadership Series 141

Appendix: Top Ten Coast Guard Rescues 143

Sources 149

Index 151

About the Authors 157

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2011

    Weak

    An amateurish book about a person who was probably more interesting that this book. The rescue is givn only a little attention, and the rest of the book is repetitive.

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