The Sea Shall Embrace Them

The Sea Shall Embrace Them

The Tragic Story of the Steamship Arctic

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Describes the 1854 collision between the American steamship Arctic and the Vesta, a French ship, an accident that cost hundreds of lives, including many passengers left behind when the crew fled the ship in the lifeboats.

Simon and Schuster
The 1854 collision at sea between the Arctic and the Vesta, a much smaller French steamship, set in motion one of the most harrowing events in maritime history, with enormous and tragic consequences. David W. Shaw, who brings decades of experience as a seaman to his writing, has based this riveting tale on the firsthand testimony of the few who survived the wreck, including its heroic captain, James C. Luce. It is the story of the brave and dutiful Luce fighting his mutinous crew as they take the lifeboats, leaving hundreds of men, women, and children to suffer a cruel and painful death. It is also the story of those who survived the frigid waters and those who perished -- including Luce's own frail son, who died as the grief-stricken captain helplessly watched. Not only did 400 people die by daybreak, the wreck brought to an end the domination of the seas by the American maritime fleet. Utterly compelling, beautifully written, and a fascinating, heretofore little-known slice of American history, The Sea Shall Embrace Them is a stirring narrative that puts the reader on the deck as a shipful of men, women, and children do battle both with a mighty ocean and with their own baser instincts to survive.

Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2002
ISBN: 9780743222174
Branch Call Number: 910.9163 SHAW


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