Fire at Sea: The Mysterious Tragedy of the Morro Castle, America's Worst Sea Disaster

Fire at Sea: The Mysterious Tragedy of the Morro Castle, America's Worst Sea Disaster

by Thomas Gallagher

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Fire at Sea: The Mysterious Tragedy of the Morro Castle, America's Worst Sea Disaster by Thomas Gallagher

On a stormy night in September 1934, the Morro Castle was making its way through heavy seas en route from Havana to New York City. Shortly after 2:00 A.M., while most of the passengers slept, fire suddenly engulfed the luxury liner; within an hour, hundreds were dead or struggling desperately in the water.
The fire's apparently inexplicable outbreak wasn't the only tragic occurance that night aboard the Morro Castle. Hours earlier, Captain Robert Wilmott had died in his cabin under suspicious circumstances.
Had Wilmott been poisoned? Was the fire accidental, or intentionally set?
Drawing on interviews with the survivors and in-depth research, Thomas Gallagher skillfully recreates the Morro Castle tragedy, proposing convincing solutions to its mysteries.
In Fire At Sea, which won the Mystery Writers of America's 1960 Edgar Award for Nonfiction, a seasoned reporter's meticulous attention to detail is combined with a novelist's sense of his story's drama. The result is a vivid and unforgettable story of the sea.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585746248
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

THOMAS GALLAGHER was a widely published journalist and the author of eight books. His novel The Gathering Darkness was nominated for a National Book Award. He is also the author of Assault in Norway (page 124).

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