Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro

Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro

by Rachel Slade

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ISBN-13: 9780062699701
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 28,314
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Rachel Slade is a Boston-based journalist, writer, and editor. She was a staff writer at Boston magazine for ten years, and her writing earned her a City and Regional Magazine Award in civic journalism. She splits her time between Brookline, Massachusetts, and Rockport, Maine.

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters xiii

Chain of Command Aboard El Faro xix

El Faro Plans and Cross-Section xx

A Note on the Text xxiii

Part I

Chapter 1 The Clock Is Ticking 3

Chapter 2 Blount Island 7

Chapter 3 Tropical Storm Joaquin 24

Chapter 4 Third Mate Jeremie Riehm 37

Chapter 5 A Hurricane Is Not a Point on a Map 64

Chapter 6 Second Mate Danielle Randolph 82

Chapter 7 Collision Course 95

Chapter 8 Hull Number 670 111

Chapter 9 Afternoon 134

Chapter 10 Captain Michael Davidson 153

Chapter 11 Question Authority? 168

Chapter 12 The Jones Act 186

Chapter 13 Evening 202

Chapter 14 Night 219

Chapter 15 Necesitamos la Mercancía 231

Chapter 16 Dawn 246

Chapter 17 The Raging Sea 257

Chapter 18 We're Gonna Make It 270

Part II

Chapter 19 We've Lost Communication 281

Chapter 20 Search and Rescue 299

Chapter 21 Flight to Jacksonville 318

Chapter 22 Ships Don't Just Disappear 334

Chapter 23 Profit and Loss 351

Chapter 24 The Truth Is Out There 368

Chapter 25 How to Sink a Ship 385

Chapter 26 Admiral Greene Clears the Air 394

Chapter 27 Portrait of Incompetence 416

Chapter 28 Mission Number Two 432

Chapter 29 The Proof Is in the Pudding 443

Chapter 30 Voices 459

Chapter 31 Twenty-Four Minutes 469

Chapter 32 Spirits 476

Epilogue 483

Crew List 503

Acknowledgments 505

A Note on Sources 511

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Richardson54 5 months ago
I remember hearing about the El Faro on the local news down here in Florida. This is a good account of the tragedy but the author strays off course. The doomed ship's black box preserved the dialogue amongst the crew. As one reads further you learn of all the factors leading to the tragic sinking. Unfortunately the author sends a shot across the bow at President Trump. The reference was such an incredible stretch to a book about the sinking of the El Faro. The author showed poor discipline by injecting her disdain of the POTUS into a fact based book on this tragedy. If I want to hear about Trump I'll watch MSNBC, Fox, and, CNN. The author also delves into global warming. It may exist but there is not empirical evidence that it has increased the number of hurricanes. This at least had some relevance to the book versus the Trump shot. I read to relax and take a respite from politics. That didn't happen here. I don't buy books for the pictures. I do think that the pictures of the crew would have enhanced the book.
Richardson54 5 months ago
I remember hearing about the El Faro on the local news down here in Florida. This is a good account of the tragedy but the author strays off course. The doomed ship's black box preserved the dialogue amongst the crew. As one reads further you learn of all the factors leading to the tragic sinking. Unfortunately the author sends a shot across the bow at President Trump. The reference was such an incredible stretch to a book about the sinking of the El Faro. The author showed poor discipline by injecting her disdain of the POTUS into a fact based book on this tragedy. If I want to hear about Trump I'll watch MSNBC, Fox, and, CNN. The author also delves into global warming. It may exist but there is not empirical evidence that it has increased the number of hurricanes. This at least had some relevance to the book versus the Trump shot. I read to relax and take a respite from politics. That didn't happen here. I don't buy books for the pictures. I do think that the pictures of the crew would have enhanced the book.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great book don't start it when you have something else to do you can't put it down.
billmarsano 10 months ago
By Bill Marsano. Sixty-five-year-old Paul McHenry Washburn, Captain of the S.S. Stella Lykes, is on the bridge of the brief but superb “Looking for a Ship,” wherein he speaks the dangers of weather at sea. Licensed as a “Master of United States Steam or Motor Vessels of any gross tons upon oceans,” he says feelingly to author John McPhee “Every day, someone somewhere is getting it from weather . . . . They’re disappearing without a trace.” On Oct. 1, 2015 such was the fate of the El Faro, at 790-foot container ship bound from Jacksonville, Fla. to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Halfway there she was run deliberately into Hurricane Joaquin, and was overwhelmed and sunk with all 33 souls aboard. How could that happen to an all-American ship—American-owned, -crewed and -officered, loaded with modern communications and navigational aids? In this book author Rachel Slade tells us, little more than two years later, tell us what happened and why. El Faro was, to begin with, 40 years old long past her scrapping date; moreover she was undermanned and poorly maintained by profit-hungry, cost-cutting owners; and her master was unengaged, a “stateroom captain,” heedless of his officers’ advice and preoccupied with his failing career. And so El Faro went into the whirlwind and disappeared—but not exactly without a trace. The first, unrecognized at the time, was the tremendous thud recorded by Navy hydrophones when El Faro slammed into the seabed of the Bahamas. The second is the voice recording of all on El Faro’s bridge, preserved in the “black box” of her VDR, or Voyage Data Recorder, recovered a month after her sinking. Relying on the recording and her intensive interviews and research, Slade succeeds in weaving a deep and sensitive tapestry: the victims—terrified, resigned, brave to the end--become real human beings; the causes of the sinking, small and large, coalesce into the powerful force that sent El Faro to the bottom 15,000 feet down—deeper than the Titanic. I recommend you read both books—Slades and McPhees. You will not forget them.—Bill Marsano is a veteran writer and editor who from age 12 spent three summers on tramp freighters in the Caribbean as an illegal and marginally competent cabin boy.
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