Tall Ships Down: The Last Voyages of the Pamir, Albatross, Marques, Pride of Baltimore, and Maria Asumpta

Tall Ships Down: The Last Voyages of the Pamir, Albatross, Marques, Pride of Baltimore, and Maria Asumpta

by Daniel S. Parrott
     
 

Five Stories of Tragic Loss at Sea

Once nearly swept from the seas, tall ships have experienced a fifty-year renaissance as sail training and passenger vessels. But that resurgence has had a tragic side, and professional mariner and maritime scholar Dan Parrott explores it in this groundbreaking reconstruction of five infamous losses that claimed 112 lives

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Five Stories of Tragic Loss at Sea

Once nearly swept from the seas, tall ships have experienced a fifty-year renaissance as sail training and passenger vessels. But that resurgence has had a tragic side, and professional mariner and maritime scholar Dan Parrott explores it in this groundbreaking reconstruction of five infamous losses that claimed 112 lives. Parrott's vivid re-creations of each final voyage dissect the circumstances of loss from forensic evidence, expert testimony, survivors' memories, and his own considerable experience. Rich with history and lore, Tall Ships Down shows unforgettably how small and seemingly insignificant lapses can produce fatal consequences at sea.

"An engaging—and heartrending—book."—Ocean Navigator

"In addition to being a fabulous read, Tall Ships Down is a sailing seminar for both active and armchair sailors."—Sailing

"The careful detail makes gripping reading. Not much detective fiction holds a reader's attention so well."—WoodenBoat

"A closely reasoned seaman's appraisal."—SAIL

"This extraordinary book is a must-read for anyone interested in the world of Tall Ships."—Tall Ships and Sail Training International

"An important contribution to maritime studies. . . . Parrott writes with ease and authority, carefully blending both historical and technical data."—Baltimore Sun

"If you're a fan of sea stories, you should have a great time reading Tall Ships Down."—Connecticut Post

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071435451
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
03/05/2004
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 8.92(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Introduction: Signing On1
Pamir (1905-1957)15
Albatross (1921-1961)65
Marques (1917-1984)109
Pride of Baltimore (1977-1986)177
Maria Asumpta (1858-1995)231
Conclusion: Paying Off267
Appendix
Stability283
Beaufort Wind Scale287
Modern Materials on Traditional Ships288
In Memoriam: The Names of the Lost290
Notes292
Acknowledgments323
Index326

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