Ship and the Stormby Jim Carrier
Captain Guyan March had spent his entire professional career aboard Windjammer Barefoot Cruises' fleet of extravagant tall ships that carry passengers on weeklong fantasy cruises spiced with rum and sun. When he agreed to command the Fantome, Windjammer's marquee ship, a beautiful 282-foot schooner that "sailed like a pig" in the Gulf of Honduras, he knew that a storm would leave him little space to run. In the southern reaches of the Caribbean, Tropical Storm Mitch whirled to life like a nebula and became Captain March's worst nightmarea category five storm with 180-mile-per-hour winds and fifty-foot seas. After discharging his passengers in Belize, Captain March and his crew, most of them West Indians, took the $20 million uninsured tall ship out to sea to dodge the approaching storm. What ensued was a deadly game of cat and mouse that confounded experts' predictions and cornered the Fantome with eerie precision.
Based on journalist Jim Carrier's exhaustive research and hundreds of interviews, The Ship and the Storm explores the story of the Fantome and Hurricane Mitch from every angle. From the deck of the ship, to the research planes flying into the eye of the hurricane, to islanders and coastal villagers in a desperate battle for survival, The Ship and the Storm is the heartbreaking and horrifying story of the most destructive hurricane in Western Hemisphere history. Twelve-page black-and-white photo insert; two maps
Author Biography: Jim Carrier is an award-winning journalist and author of seven books.
He has written for National Geographic, SAIL, and the New York Times.
After 20 years as a radio newscaster, Associated Press correspondent andnewspaper editor, and 13 years as the Denver Post's "Rocky Mountain Ranger," he bought a 35-foot sailboat and moved aboard.
For the past two years, he has worked for Morris Dees at the Southern Poverty Law Center, where he created and developed their website.
A survivor of six hurricanes, including Luis, Marilyn, Georges, and Mitch, Carrier has docked his yawl, "Ranger," temporarily in Montgomery, Alabama.
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