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Burning cold : the cruise ship Prinsendam and the greatest sea rescue of all time

Author: H Paul Jeffers
Publisher: St. Paul, Minn. : Zenith, 2006. ©2006
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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In October 1980, the Holland America cruise ship Prinsendam rolled over on her starboard side and sank in 1,473 fathoms of icy water in the Gulf of Alaska. Amazingly, none of the 320 passengers or 190 crew went down with her, recounts Jeffers (The 1,000 Greatest Heroes) in this workmanlike account of disaster and rescue on the high seas. After a fire broke out in the vessel's engine room and spread unchecked,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: H Paul Jeffers
ISBN: 9780760320792 0760320799
OCLC Number: 70046273
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Once in a lifetime --
"I hope it doesn't sink!" --
Shipshape --
Drill --
XXX --
A hell of a way to meet people --
Crowded hour --
If this were a movie --
Command decisions --
What a nuisance --
A dark jest --
Always ready --
God and proportionality --
Notifications --
Three o'clock call --
Butterflies and optimists --
The sun at night --
"I'm sorry." --
God and lifeboat number four --
What a mess --
Impressions in a false dawn --
Saturday morning in the lower 48 --
By dawn's early light --
Turn this boat around! --
They're not hacking it --
Figuring the variables --
A marvelous aerial ballet --
Daisy chain --
Make room for Grandma --
This is what we do --
The boat people --
Burial at sea --
Inquest --
A morning to remember --
Appendix 1. Names of people rescued by the Boutwell --
Appendix 2. Names of people airlifted to Sitka.
Responsibility: H. Paul Jeffers.
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In October 1980, the Holland America cruise ship Prinsendam rolled over on her starboard side and sank in 1,473 fathoms of icy water in the Gulf of Alaska. Amazingly, none of the 320 passengers or 190 crew went down with her, recounts Jeffers (The 1,000 Greatest Heroes) in this workmanlike account of disaster and rescue on the high seas. After a fire broke out in the vessel's engine room and spread unchecked, everyone aboard was forced to abandon ship in a rising gale. Through the heroic efforts of the U.S. Coast Guard, whom Jeffers affectionately calls "Coasties," the evacuation resulted in no lives lost.

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