The Captain, The Missionary, and the Bell: The Wreck of the Steamship Atlantic

The Captain, The Missionary, and the Bell: The Wreck of the Steamship Atlantic

by Eric Larsson

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The Captain: Isaac "Kip" Dustan, a well-respected mariner whose adventures were frequently recounted in the mid-1800s New York newspapers...
The Missionary: Rev. Benjamin C.C. Parker of the Young Men's Church Missionary Society of the City of New York...
The Bell from the Atlantic: Contains a history that spans more than one and a half centuries...
On Wednesday, November 25, 1846, the steamer Atlantic left Allyn Point headed for New London, Connecticut. Less than an hour later, a steam pipe exploded, disabling the engine and leaving the Atlantic at the mercy of the winds and seas as it dragged anchor across a tempestuous Long Island Sound towards a rocky reef off Fishers Island. This true story follows the events of the twenty-seven hours following the explosion as well as the harrowing stories of many of the passengers that sailed aboard the Atlantic that fateful night.
So much of life is about connections, seemingly chance meetings, lives intersecting with others, and encounters that could be luck, fate, coincidence, or faith. The wreck of the steamship Atlantic links the captain of that ill-fated ship to the missionary of the Young Men's Church Missionary Society of the City of New York and the bell from that ship, creating ripples that are still felt today.

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BN ID: 2940162957942
Publisher: Covenant Books
Publication date: 07/23/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 115,751
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Eric Larsson started his seagoing career in 1974 working on various commercial oceangoing ships. He is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy and used his experience at sea to raise his US Coast Guard license to the level of chief mate, unlimited with a five-hundred-ton master’s license. In between trips to sea, he worked at various training institutions that utilized simulation technology. Over the next forty years, he became preeminent in the field of maritime education and has been integral to the advancement of navigation simulation training.
He worked for the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) as the director of Maritime Education and Training beginning in 1984. Over the next twenty-seven years, he led the drive to create visual simulation training centers in New York, Paducah, Kentucky, and Houston, Texas. Adding to his education background, he attended Fordham University, obtaining a MS degree in adult education and a PhD in education psychology. In 1998, Dr. Larsson became chairman of the International Navigation Simulator Lecturer’s Conference and named Chairman Emeritus in 2014.
He is the Vice-President of Training and Education for American Cruise Lines conducting simulator training for all licensed deck officers and unlicensed deck personnel.
His background as a mariner gives valuable insight into the thoughts and feelings of the captain throughout this book. His deep involvement as an employee of SCI, the direct business descendent of the Young Men’s Church Missionary Society of the City of New York gives him a passionate interest in the missionary in the story. Finally, the bell that tolled on the wreck of the Atlantic made its way from there to church belfry’s to building entrances and finally to the outside wall of the building above the authors office drove an interest in a story that led in many different directions in history.
Dr. Larsson is married to Veronica for more than 40 years and the father of five children, Eileen, Eric, Gregory, Thomas and Erin-Rose and has four grandchildren. He is deeply committed to his faith and interested in all things that apply to the maritime industry.

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