By Michael J. Tougias,Casey Sherman
In the wintry weather of 1952, New England used to be battered by way of the main brutal nor'easter in years. because the climate wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic turned a wind-whipped quarter of peril.
In the early hours of Monday, February 18, whereas the hurricane raged, oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, stumbled on themselves within the comparable frightening crisis. outfitted with "dirty steel," and never ready to resist such ferocious seas, either tankers break up in , leaving the handfuls of guys on board completely on the Atlantic's mercy.
The best Hours is the gripping, precise tale of the valiant try to rescue the souls huddling contained in the damaged halves of the 2 ships. Coast protect cutters raced to the help of these at the Fort Mercer, and whilst it grew to become obvious that the halves of the Pendleton have been at risk of capsizing, the defend despatched out thirty-six-foot lifeboats in addition. those wood boats, manned through merely 4 seamen, have been dwarfed through the large seventy-foot seas. because the tiny rescue vessels set out from the coast of Cape Cod, the lads aboard have been all totally conscious that they have been embarking on what may possibly simply develop into a suicide mission.
The spellbinding story is overflowing with breathtaking scenes that sear themselves into the imagination, as boats capsize, bows and sterns crash into each other, and males hurl themselves into the raging sea of their terrifying conflict for survival.
Not the entire eighty-four males stuck at sea in the middle of that brutal hurricane survived, yet contemplating the percentages, it is a miracle—and a testomony to their bravery—that any got here domestic to inform their stories at all.
Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman have seamlessly woven jointly their broad learn and firsthand interviews to create an unforgettable story of heroism, triumph, and tragedy, one who actually tells of the Coast Guard's best hours.
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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