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The finest hours : the true story of a heroic sea rescue

Author: Mike Tougias; Casey Sherman
Publisher: New York : Christy Ottaviano Books/ Henry Holt and Company, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Elementary and junior high school : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor'easter in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril. In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, found themselves in the same horrifying predicament. Built with "dirty steel," and not prepared to withstand such  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Juvenile works
Motion pictures
Sea Stories
Juvenile literature
Material Type: Biography, Elementary and junior high school
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mike Tougias; Casey Sherman
ISBN: 9780805097641 0805097643 9781250044235 1250044235
OCLC Number: 849212452
Notes: "An adaptation for young readers of The finest hours: the true story of the U.S. Coast Guard's most daring sea rescue"--Cover.
Released as a motion picture in 2016.
Target Audience: Middle readers; 1140; Ages 9-13.
Description: xi, 160 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman.
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In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor'easter in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril. In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, found themselves in the same horrifying predicament. Built with "dirty steel," and not prepared to withstand such ferocious seas, both tankers split in two, leaving the dozens of men on board utterly at the Atlantic's mercy. The Finest Hours is the true story of the valiant attempt to rescue the souls huddling inside the broken halves of the two ships. Coast Guard cutters raced to the aid of those on the Fort Mercer, and when it became apparent that the halves of the Pendleton were in danger of capsizing, the Guard sent out two thirty-six-foot lifeboats as well. These wooden boats, manned by only four seamen, were dwarfed by the enormous seventy-foot seas. As the tiny rescue vessels set out from the coast of Cape Cod, the men aboard were all fully aware that they were embarking on what could easily become a suicide mission.

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