Run the Storm: A Savage Hurricane, a Brave Crew, and the Wreck of the SS El Faro

Run the Storm: A Savage Hurricane, a Brave Crew, and the Wreck of the SS El Faro

by George Michelsen Foy


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ISBN-13: 9781501184895
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 213,106
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

George Michelsen Foy is the author of Finding North: How Navigation Makes Us Human and Zero Decibels: The Quest for Absolute Silence, as well as twelve critically acclaimed novels. He was a recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship in fiction and his articles, reviews, and stories have been published by Rolling Stone, The Boston Globe, Harper's, The New York Times, and Men's Journal, among others. A former officer on British coastal freighters, he teaches creative writing at NYU, holds a US Coast Guard coastal captain’s license, and divides his time between Cape Cod and New York.

Table of Contents

Crew of the SS El Faro xv

Author's Note xix

Part I The Silence 3

Part II Departure 17

Part III The Sailing 53

Part IV In Harm's Way 89

Part V The Quantum of Shipwreck 147

Part VI The Assassin Storm 193

Part VII Aftermath 221

Acknowledgments 235

Note on Sources 237

Index 239

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Run the Storm: A Savage Hurricane, a Brave Crew, and the Wreck of the SS El Faro 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
billmarsano More than 1 year ago
By Bill Marsano. The loss of a ship in a storm at sea is not an especially unusual occurrence in the ocean trade (we just rarely hear about them; they’re not headline news). But with no survivors? Not even bodies recovered? Without even an SOS? And an all-American ship—American-built, American-owned and registered, with an America crew and officers? And with a wealth of up-to-date communications and navigational aids aboard? Such was the fate of the container ship S.S. El Faro, bound from Jacksonville, Fla. to San Juan, Puerto Rico when she steamed head-on into Hurricane Joaquin on Oct. 1, 2105. Everything already mentioned was unthinkable about the disaster and one thing was unique: the black box she carried—the maritime version of the familiar cockpit voice recorder—recorded all of the conversations on El Faro’s bridge during the 26 hours that led up to being overwhelmed by Joaquin off the Bahamas, plunging to the bottom and striking the seabed at an estimated 45 mph—and that black box, or Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) was recovered after an exhaustive search effort from its Atlantic Ocean grave 15,000 down—deeper than the Titanic. Blending transcripts from the VDR with his considerable writing skills (more than a dozen books, fiction and non-fiction and the knowledge acquired during years as a seagoing officer, George Michelsen Foy reconstructs El Faro’s fatal voyage and explores the many and accumulating reasons that destroyed the ship and the 33 souls aboard. His is a riveting account of a stubborn, arrogant captain who relied on outdated weather reports and dismissed the warnings of his officers; of a worn-out ship poorly maintained; of shipowners who put profit first; of a dangerously erratic hurricane that behaved like no other and bewildered its observers; of the search for the VDR; and the official investigations into the tragedy. Amidst the steadily accumulating facts Foy does not neglect El Faro’s 33 overworked officers and crew: the dead come alive in his moving account. Published simultaneously, the journalist Rachel Slade’s “Into the Raging Sea” tells a somewhat greater length the same harrowing tale. I recommend both. It takes two books to bring home this tragedy and the larger tragedy of the American merchant marine, the world’s largest within living memory and now barely a shell of its former self, and make an impact on readers who assuredly know almost nothing of it. Of the fact, that 95% of American trade travels on foreign ships.—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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
George’s book was well written, and proud to have had the chance to meet him and help him with this book. Anyone wanting facts regarding S.S El Faro should read this book. I was really impressed in how was able to get all that information and put in this book. Thank you George hopefully now they will help make things safer aboard these ships.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many times I've looked up from the beach to see a cargo ship lumbering by. George Foy's story of the loss of the El Faro in Hurricane Joaquin is an excellent summer read. Foy's description of the ship and it's crew and their routine preparations are detailed and told with insight and humor. Then the cascading decisions that lead it to its perilous end. Excellent!