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Taking the Sea: Perilous Waters, Sunken Ships, and the True Story of the Legendary Wrecker Captains


Year: 2009
Language: english
Author: Dennis M. Powers
Genre: Handbook
Publisher: AMACOM
ISBN: 978-0814413531
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 337
Description: By the mid-19th century, an intrepid, reckless group of men ruled the ocean. Known as “wreckers,” they earned their living by rescuing and raising sunken ships, even in the face of monstrous waves and fierce weather. To some, they were heroes, helping to rescue both passengers and ships with courage and skill. To others they were ruthless pirates, who exploited these shipwrecks purely for their treasure.
In Taking the Sea, Dennis M. Powers uncovers a fascinating, yet largely unknown, period in our history. Here he traces the journey of these legendary men through the story of Captain Thomas P. H. Whitelaw, the most important ship salvager of his day. From their early beginnings when needy villagers followed stricken ships in the hopes of improving their lives a little to their heyday in the early twentieth century when steamships and schooners ruled the country’s transportation byways. Powers offers a compelling portrait of the wrecker captains and the dangerous lives they and their men led.
From the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and the Bering Sea, we travel along with these men as they faced the savage seas to save foundering ships and frightened passengers. Beautifully written and vividly told, this is a magnificent look at the untold history of the fearless and at times mercenary men who made their living from the sea.

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