Unforgiving Coast: Maritime Disasters of the Pacific Northwest

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The Pacific Northwest Coast can be as deadly as it is beautiful, as demonstrated by the hundreds of shipwrecks and maritime disasters that have occurred in these waters. In The Unforgiving Coast, David Grover vividly tells the true stories of some of the deadliest maritime disasters of the twentieth century. As a former chief mate in the merchant marine and commander in the Naval Reserve who has served in Northwest waters, Grover knows their grandeur and dangers firsthand. And he has drawn on his expertise as a ...
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Overview

The Pacific Northwest Coast can be as deadly as it is beautiful, as demonstrated by the hundreds of shipwrecks and maritime disasters that have occurred in these waters. In The Unforgiving Coast, David Grover vividly tells the true stories of some of the deadliest maritime disasters of the twentieth century. As a former chief mate in the merchant marine and commander in the Naval Reserve who has served in Northwest waters, Grover knows their grandeur and dangers firsthand. And he has drawn on his expertise as a widely published marine historian to select nine of the most dramatic major accidents that happened between the California border and Vancouver Island, including two fatal shipwrecks on the treacherous Columbia River bar, known as the "Graveyard of the Pacific." The Unforgiving Coast offers a penetrating look into each of these nine catastrophes, focusing on the unique, the inexplicable, the poignant, the heroic, and the tragic elements that make them remarkable. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, Grover tries to explain not just what happened in each disaster, but how and why it happened. The stories vary considerably -- some are mysteries, some are adventure thrillers, and some defy categorization.
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California-based maritime historian narrates nine shipwrecks along the Oregon and Washington coast during the first half of the 20th century. He chooses those with excessive casualties for the prevailing circumstances, and leaves out any relating to war or hostility. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870715419
  • Publisher: Oregon State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Series: TRANSPORTATION
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vi
Chapter 1 Maritime Disasters: Events and Milieus 1
Chapter 2 Fire at Sea: The Queen 28
Chapter 3 The Valencia: Disaster on Many Fronts 45
Chapter 4 Rosecrans: Born to Lose 71
Chapter 5 The Mimi: Salvage Can Be Dangerous 85
Chapter 6 The Mystery of the Francis H. Leggett 102
Chapter 7 Santa Clara: A Beach Too Crowded 122
Chapter 8 J. A. Chanslor: Tanker in Trouble 139
Chapter 9 The South Coast: Vanished Ship, Vanished Era 156
Chapter 10 The Iowa: Crossing the Bar 171
Notes 188
Bibliography 201
Index 205
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