The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue

The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue

by Michael J. Tougias, Casey Sherman
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The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael J. Tougias, Casey Sherman

The true story of an incredible disaster and heroic rescue at sea told by two masterful storytellers

In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor'easter in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril.

In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, found themselves in the same horrifying predicament. Built with "dirty steel," and not prepared to withstand such ferocious seas, both tankers split in two, leaving the dozens of men on board utterly at the Atlantic's mercy.

The Finest Hours is the gripping, true story of the valiant attempt to rescue the souls huddling inside the broken halves of the two ships. Coast Guard cutters raced to the aid of those on the Fort Mercer, and when it became apparent that the halves of the Pendleton were in danger of capsizing, the Guard sent out two thirty-six-foot lifeboats as well. These wooden boats, manned by only four seamen, were dwarfed by the enormous seventy-foot seas. As the tiny rescue vessels set out from the coast of Cape Cod, the men aboard were all fully aware that they were embarking on what could easily become a suicide mission.

The spellbinding tale is overflowing with breathtaking scenes that sear themselves into the mind's eye, as boats capsize, bows and sterns crash into one another, and men hurl themselves into the raging sea in their terrifying battle for survival.

Not all of the eighty-four men caught at sea in the midst of that brutal storm survived, but considering the odds, it's a miracle — and atestament to their bravery — that any came home to tell their tales at all.

Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman have seamlessly woven together their extensive research and firsthand interviews to create an unforgettable tale of heroism, triumph, and tragedy, one that truly tells of the Coast Guard's finest hours.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501127175
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 12/29/2015
Edition description: Media Tie-In
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 403,818
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael J. Tougias is the author of a number of books, including The Rescue of the Bounty, Overboard!, Fatal Forecast, and Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do. He is a sought-after lecturer who gives more than seventy presentations each year. He lives in Massachusetts.

Casey Sherman is the author of two novels, Black Irish and Black Dragon. He’s also the author of the acclaimed true crime thriller A Rose for Mary: The Hunt for the Real Boston Strangler. Sherman has been nominated for an Emmy Award, has appeared on dozens of national television programs, and has been profiled by numerous magazines and newspapers. He lives in Massachusetts.

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The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was very well written and so much information about the history of life saving on the cape.when i was a kid i grew up vacationing on the cape and never new thoses ships were out there.and now that im an adult reading this book blew my mind i new some the history about the cg 36500.but reading this book really nade me feel that i was out there on the boat with that crewand iall i can say is WOW!!!!!!!this book is a great book to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will only add to Michael Tougias' growing reputation as a writer of real sea disasters. Add this to the author's other two books, Ten Hours til Dawn and Fatal Forecast and you have three great additions to your library of maritime disaster books. Unfortunately, Michael can not research and write his books as fast as we can read them, so I now await the completion of his next sea story.
Lonka More than 1 year ago
A compelling reconstruction of events that occured 58 years ago. The authors relate the story of an exciting scenario that ties together the background of the rescued and rescuers. I recommend this book to anyone who is involved with sailing, power-boating, and is interested in available safety umbrella.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing that two ships went down off Cape Cod on the same night. Not only two ships but two of the same types of ships and they split in half! The Coast Guard was so brave in their rescue attempts, a must read. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awsome book, the movie is good too. I got to see the twin of the CG36500 boat and it was pretty small, so its amazing that 36 men fit in it. &star
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Send it to zimbabwae
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought the book to read about the US Coast Guards greatest rescue and had to wade through page after page of nonsence to get to the story. Local history back to the 1650's and childhood information on nonessential individuals. Don't waste your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get lost