The Finest Hours

The Finest Hours

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

Book - 2009
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In the winter of 1932, New England was battered by the most brutal nor'easter in years, wreaking havoc on land and creating a wind-whipped peril of the freezing Atlantic. In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Fort Mercer and the Pendleton, broke in two. The Coast Guard raced its cutters to the Fort Mercer to rescue the men huddled in the halves, and when the Pendleton proved to be in danger of capsizing, sent out into the storm two 36-foot wooden lifeboats, each manned by four crewmen, in what every crewman realized could be a suicide mission in the enormous seventy-foot seas.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2009.
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781416567219
1416567216
Characteristics: xiii, 204 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sherman, Casey 1969-

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nat_cyr0
Sep 03, 2016

I absolutely loved this book, a real page turner from beginner to the end. Michael and Casey tell the story of Bernie Webber and his fellow Coasties who went out that night to rescue these crew members from the tankers that were torn apart.

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rbritchie
Mar 27, 2016

Great book. Captures the essence of search and recue from both the survivors and rescuer viewpoint. details the courage and dedication of our Coast Guardsmen

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jcamenga1
Mar 07, 2016

In the winter of 1952 a savage Nor’easter caught two aging tankers in a death grip in the waters off of Cape Cod. Both ships broke in half and surviving crew members clung to the halves of both vessels bobbing in the angry sea. Most of the crew would be rescued by the heroic efforts by members of the US Coast Guard particularly by those crewing the 36 foot lifeboats. This reviewer heard mention of this event and this book here by a relative in the Boston area film business who was part of the crew for the Disney film. For the reader the story is a reminder of the Coast Guard saying “You have to go out” No one says anything about coming back

rlbecker Jan 24, 2011

This was a book about the heroics of the coast guard in a rescue of two ships that broke apart off the coast of Mass. It was amazing to read about the way the coast guardsmen braved incredibly terrible seas and rescued most of the sailors from 4 sections of the two ships. They deservedly won medals for the rescues and became heroes in the early 1950s. I was glad I was able to find out about the rescues. A great adventure story.

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