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Run the storm : a savage hurricane, a brave crew, and the wreck of the SS El Faro / George Michelsen Foy.
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scribner, 2018.
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xx, 250 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
In the best-selling tradition of A Perfect Storm and The Finest Hours, a harrowing account of the incredible true story of the recent shocking disappearance of El Faro, a gigantic American cargo ship that disappeared in Hurricane Joaquin and sank suddenly in the Bermuda Triangle in 2015--taking with it 33 lives.
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In the bestselling tradition of The Perfect Storm and The Finest Hours , "an exquisitely written and dramatic book...a literary page-turner" (Doug Stanton, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Horse Soldiers )--the 2015 mysterious disappearance of the SS El Faro , a gigantic American cargo ship that sank in the Bermuda Triangle, taking with it thirty-three lives.

On October 1, 2015, the SS El Faro , a massive American cargo ship disappeared in Hurricane Joaquin, a category 4 storm. The ship, its hundreds of shipping containers, and its entire crew plummeted to the bottom of the ocean, three miles down. It was the greatest seagoing US merchant marine shipping disaster since World War II. The massive ship had a seasoned crew, state-of-the-art navigation equipment, and advance warning of the storm. It seemed incomprehensible that such a ship could sink so suddenly. How, in this day and age, could something like this happen?

Relying on Coast Guard inquest hearings, as well as on numerous interviews, George Michelsen Foy brings us "the most insightful exploration of this unthinkable disaster" ( Outside ), a story that lasts only a few days, but which grows almost intolerably suspenseful as deep-rooted flaws leading to the disaster inexorably link together and worsen. We see captain, engineers, and crew fight for their lives, and hear their actual words (as recorded on the ship's black box) while the hurricane relentlessly tightens its noose around the ship. We watch, minute by minute, all that is happening on board--the ship's mysterious tilt to one side, worried calls to the engine room, ship-to-shore reports, the courage of the men and women as they fight to survive, and the berserk ocean's savage consumption of the massive hull. And through it all, the pain and ultimate resilience of the families of El Faro 's crew. Now with a new afterword, this "tour de force of nautical expertise" ( Ocean Navigator ) is a masterwork of stunning power.

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Library Journal Review

Michelsen Foy tells the story of the sinking of the SS El Faro, a modern cargo ship that ran between Jacksonville, FL, and Puerto Rico. The sinking happened during Hurricane Joaquin, a Category four storm, on October 1, 2015, leaving no survivors out of a crew of 33. The incident rocked the U.S. maritime industry and is considered one of the worst merchant marine shipping disasters since World War II. Using inquest hearings from the Coast Guard, personal interviews, and the recordings from the ship's "black box," the author, a former commercial fisherman, shows how the tiniest of instances can cause a chain reaction. Minutely following the ship and its' crew from the time of cargo loading to the actual capsizing and sinking, he reveals the many factors that improbably came together to facilitate the tragedy, including incorrect forecasting to the captain's decisions to the science of steam and oil pumps and stress fatigue on the ship itself. VERDICT For readers who enjoy exciting stories about ships and the sea, as well as those with a penchant for disaster scenarios. Yet owing to the technical nature of the coverage, some readers might find it a bit challenging.-Laura Hiatt, Fort Collins, CO © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Crew of the SS El Farop. xv
Author's Notep. xix
Part I The Silencep. 3
Part II Departurep. 17
Part III The Sailingp. 53
Part IV In Harm's Wayp. 89
Part V The Quantum of Shipwreckp. 147
Part VI The Assassin Stormp. 193
Part VII Aftermathp. 221
Acknowledgmentsp. 235
Note on Sourcesp. 237
Indexp. 239