Unforgiving Coast: Maritime Disasters of the Pacific Northwest

Unforgiving Coast: Maritime Disasters of the Pacific Northwest

by David Grover


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Unforgiving Coast: Maritime Disasters of the Pacific Northwest by David Grover

The Pacific Northwest Coast can be as deadly as it is beautiful, as demonstrated by the hundreds of shipwrecks and maritime disasters that have occurred in these waters. In The Unforgiving Coast, David Grover vividly tells the true stories of some of the deadliest maritime disasters of the twentieth century. As a former chief mate in the merchant marine and commander in the Naval Reserve who has served in Northwest waters, Grover knows their grandeur and dangers firsthand. And he has drawn on his expertise as a widely published marine historian to select nine of the most dramatic major accidents that happened between the California border and Vancouver Island, including two fatal shipwrecks on the treacherous Columbia River bar, known as the "Graveyard of the Pacific." The Unforgiving Coast offers a penetrating look into each of these nine catastrophes, focusing on the unique, the inexplicable, the poignant, the heroic, and the tragic elements that make them remarkable. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, Grover tries to explain not just what happened in each disaster, but how and why it happened. The stories vary considerably -- some are mysteries, some are adventure thrillers, and some defy categorization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870715419
Publisher: Oregon State University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2002
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Maritime Disasters: Events and Milieus1
Chapter 2Fire at Sea: The Queen28
Chapter 3The Valencia: Disaster on Many Fronts45
Chapter 4Rosecrans: Born to Lose71
Chapter 5The Mimi: Salvage Can Be Dangerous85
Chapter 6The Mystery of the Francis H. Leggett102
Chapter 7Santa Clara: A Beach Too Crowded122
Chapter 8J. A. Chanslor: Tanker in Trouble139
Chapter 9The South Coast: Vanished Ship, Vanished Era156
Chapter 10The Iowa: Crossing the Bar171

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