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In peril : a daring decision, a captain's resolve, and the salvage that made history

Author: Skip Strong; Twain Braden
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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When Skip Strong, the thrity-two-year-old captain of the 688-foot oil tanker Cherry Valley received the call, all he knew was that an ocean going tug with five men aboard was in distress off Florida's east coast. Caught in an unusually powerful storm, the tug's engines failed, and as the winds gusted to more than 60 miles per hour and the sea whipped into a frenzy, the tug and the barge it was pulling were in danger  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Trials, litigation, etc
Named Person: Skip Strong; Skip Strong
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Skip Strong; Twain Braden
ISBN: 1592281052 9781592281053
OCLC Number: 53807153
Description: xiv, 252 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. A Life at Sea 1 --
2. Three Years Later 7 --
3. The Poseidon and ET-70 15 --
4. Preparing for the Tow 21 --
5. Loading Cargo 29 --
6. Crossing the Gulf 41 --
7. Storm Clouds Building 55 --
8. Small Vessels in a Big Ocean 65 --
9. Heavy Weather 73 --
10. Swiss Cheese 77 --
11. A Call for Help 85 --
12. The Sea Claims Two 95 --
13. Bethel Shoal 103 --
14. Plan A 113 --
15. The Unmanned Barge 123 --
16. The Last Chance 127 --
17. Calling the Office 135 --
18. The Tug that Couldn't 139 --
19. A Measure of Relief 151 --
20. Waiting for Gordon to Pass 157 --
21. A Race Against the Sands 167 --
22. The Firat Floats Free 171 --
23. In Peril 181 --
24. Alongside at Fort Pierce 189 --
25. The Case for Salvage 193 --
26. Trial in New Orleans 201 --
27. A Bucket of Seawater and a lot of Facts 209 --
28. A Significant Reward 225 --
29. Barbecued Shrimp and an Appeal 231 --
30. The End of My Salvage Career 239.
Responsibility: Skip Strong & Twain Braden.
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When Skip Strong, the thrity-two-year-old captain of the 688-foot oil tanker Cherry Valley received the call, all he knew was that an ocean going tug with five men aboard was in distress off Florida's east coast. Caught in an unusually powerful storm, the tug's engines failed, and as the winds gusted to more than 60 miles per hour and the sea whipped into a frenzy, the tug and the barge it was pulling were in danger of being swept ashore. Strong also knew without a doubt that he would follow the thousands-year-old tradition of the sea and come to the aid of the crew, the tug, and its cargo, despite the fact that he would have to maneuver his ship, laden with ten million gallons of oil, in extremely hazardous conditions. One mistake and Strong would be responsible for an ecological disaster on Florida's beaches that would surpass that of the Exxon Valdez. What Strong didn't know as he began his nervewracking rescue was that the tug was carrying a 150-foot external fuel tank for the space shuttle worth upwards of fifty million dollars. And that in the instant he decided to rescue the tug and its crew he was opening the door on a dramatic and tense legal struggle that would pit him against the U.S. government for salvage rights. In Peril is a taut, well-paced, and riveting drama wrapped around a seagoing world few people have the opportunity to glimpse.

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