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Ballard, Robert D., with Rick Archbold, THE LOST SHIPS OF GUADALCANAL.


Barbo, Theresa M., John J. Galluzo and W. Russell Webster, THE PENDLETON DISASTER OFF CAPE COD: The Greatest Small Boat Rescue in Coast Guard History . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2007). Over 40 black & white photographs, 128 pages.
~~~ On February 18, 1952, four Coast Guardsmen set out from Cape Cod during a fierce storm in a seemingly impossible quest to locate and rescue the crew of the damaged tanker Pendleton. They returned as heroes. This book chronicles the miraculous true story of Bernie Webber and the Coast Guard 36500.


Barker, Ralph, AGAINST THE SEA: True Stories of Disaster and Survival.


click to enlarge Boyer, Dwight, GHOST SHIPS OF THE GREAT LAKES . VG/VG. 1/4 inch missing from base of jacket spine, otherwise jacket in clean, unfaded condition, protected in mylar, original "$6.50" price intact. Book itself clean, tight & bright. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. (NY: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1968). First Edition. Photos, bibliography, index, 294 pp.
~~~ This is the story of the missing "ghost ships" of the Great Lakes, the big freighters and ore carriers of yesterday and today that disappeared, often in complete mystery, never to be seen again. the chronicle is a varied one: sometimes the cause was a titanic storm with huge seas and terrifying winds; often it was blinding snow that destroyed all sense of direction, and massive ice that by its weight bore the ship beneath the surface; again it was mechanical failure or disregard of safety for the sake of gain.
~~~ The author in his research has scanned thousands of microfilm frames of old newspapers and shipping journals; has read hundreds of letters from relatives of lost skippers and their crews; and has checked shipping company reports and files. The accumulated data have revealed many curious facts, never before available, to document the chapters of this thrilling and uniquely important book.


Chewning, Alpheus, VIRGINIA BEACH SHIPWRECKS . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2008). Over 40 black & white photographs, 128 pages.
~~~ The waters of coastal Virginia swirl with tales both tragic and heroic. Join Virginia Beach native Alpheus Chewning as he recounts harrowing stories of storms at sea, loss of life and fortune and the heroism of the United States Life-Saving Service.


Field, Van R.. , MAYDAY! Shipwrecks, Tragedies & Tales from Long Island's Eastern Shore . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2008). Over 20 black & white photographs, 96 pages.
~~~ Since the mid-1600's, eastern Long Island's shoals, sandbars and assorted submerged hazards have caused many an unlucky vessel to become shipwrecked. In MAYDAY!, author Van R. Field painstakingly assembles a compendium of Long Island's most harrowing, amazing and notorious shipwrecks and ocean-going incidents.


click to enlarge Ratigan, William, GREAT LAKES SHIPWRECKS & SURVIVALS . VG/VG. Jacket in clean, unfaded condition, original "$8.95" price intact. Book itself clean, tight & bright. (NY: Galahad Books, 1960). First Edition. Map, illustrations, index, 333 pp.
~~~ In telling the story of the most spectacular shipwrecks and of the most incredible survivals in the history of the Great Lakes, William Ratigan has dramatized the personalities of Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie, and Ontario. Different in character and mood as only sisters can be, the five inland seas come to life in these pages.
~~~ The tragidies on these oceans of fresh water rank second to none on the high seas, as the historical novelist and biographer emphasizes in his accounts of the memorable disasters that have littered the St. Lawrence Seaway with wrecks. He has recreated scenes of high courage and screaming panic: the holiday morning when the palatial excursion liner Eastland capsized at aher pier in the Chicago River and 835 people drowned within clutching distance of busy downtown streets; the below-zero night in snowbound Duluth when an entire city scraped frost from its hillside windows to look out in horrified fascination at the shipwrecked steel freighter Mataafa were freezing to death; the dark Sunday in November of 1913 when Lake Huron swallowed eight long ships without a man surviving to tell the tale; and the bitter Tuesday in November of 1958 when the Carl D. Bradley, longest ship ever lost in fresh water, plunged 360 feet to the bottom of Lake Michigan.
~~~ In this one big picture of the Great Lakes, the author of Soo Canal and Straits of Mackinac presents a kaleidoscope of maritime history: the schooner that sailed with a lunatic skipper at the helm; the freighter that went berserk and chased her captain and crew all over the Marquette waterfront; the young divinity student who rescued seventeen victims from the wreck of the Lady Elgin and then kept wondering, "Did I do my best?"; the six-foot Amazon who breasted freezing Erie waters to snatch shipwrecked men from drowning, calling out cheerily, "Swim! I'll fetch you ashore, but swim!"; the captain whose hair turned white because he alone survived the storm that sank his freighter; and the captain whose crew was saved but who went down with his ship because he could not bear to let her die alone.
~~~ As long as gallant captains and crews drive their long ships full speed ahead through the season of navigation, from April breakup to December freezeup, to keep America's economy at top level, there will be the kind of stories told in this book by William Ratigan, stories destined to be retold by generations of Lakemen.


Sandz, Victoria, with Robert F. Marx, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WESTERN ATLANTIC SHIPWRECKS AND SUNKEN TREASURE. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (McFarland, 2006). 129 photos, index, 240 pp.
~~~~ From aerial survey to zoology, Part I of this two-part encyclopedia covers all aspects of underwater archeology, treasure hunting and salvaging. For example, entries are included for different types of artifacts, notable treasure hunters, the various salvaging equipment, and techniques in mapping and excavating.
~~~ Part II covers the shipwrecks themselves, dividing them into 13 geographical categories. Beginning with the northernmost category (Canada) and ending with the southernmost (South America), every known shipwreck—both identified and unidentified—receives an entry in alphabetical order under its appropriate geographical category. Entries are by name, such as Andrea Gail, Titanic, and Queen Ann’s Revenge. Unidentified is used when a shipwreck’s name remains unknown. Entries give the nationality (e.g., Spanish, British, American), type (schooner, frigate, brig are three), function (examples: slave transportation, piracy, fishing), location and history of the shipwreck.