Queen Mary and the Cruiser: The Curacoa Disaster

Queen Mary and the Cruiser: The Curacoa Disaster

by David A. Thomas, Patrick Holmes
     
 

The tragic sinking of HM cruiser Curacoa off Bloody Foreland in 1942 was a disaster of stunning proportions. The Cunard liner Queen Mary sliced through the cruiser in broad daylight and 338 men died, most of them within minutes, all of them victims of a series of errors. The full detailed story of this drama is co-authored by the naval historian David A. Thomas, and… See more details below

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The tragic sinking of HM cruiser Curacoa off Bloody Foreland in 1942 was a disaster of stunning proportions. The Cunard liner Queen Mary sliced through the cruiser in broad daylight and 338 men died, most of them within minutes, all of them victims of a series of errors. The full detailed story of this drama is co-authored by the naval historian David A. Thomas, and one of the survivors, Patrick Holmes. Together they have painstakingly reconstructed a minute-by-minute record of the miscalculations, contradictions and errors preceding the disaster. The story is enhanced by dramatic eye-witness accounts and by the moving anecdotes of the survivors. Those who survived the tragedy were left branded with dreadful memories which they could never erase from their minds. It took eminent sea officers, judges and Law Lords long years of debate and dispute over the finer points of maritime law to adjudicate the clash of the captains, who only had fleeting moments of impending tragedy before making their fateful decisions. Public Record Office files and other documents have been analysed with meticulous care. The result is a tragic and yet splendid story which will be welcomed as an epic to rank with the best-told stories of disaster at sea.

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The authors, a naval historian and a survivor of the disaster, detail the tragic sinking of HM cruiser off Bloody Foreland in 1942, when the Cunard liner sliced through the cruiser in broad daylight and under no adverse weather conditions. They reconstruct a minute-by-minute record of the errors preceding the disaster, enhanced by eye-witness accounts. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557506986
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.88(d)

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