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Taking the sea : perilous waters, sunken ships, and the true story of the legendary wrecker captains

Author: Dennis M Powers
Publisher: New York : AMACOM, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the late 19th century, an intrepid, reckless group of men earned their living by rescuing and raising sunken ships, even in the face of monstrous waves and fierce weather. To some, they were heroes, helping to rescue both passengers and ships with courage and skill. To others they were ruthless pirates, who exploited these ship wrecks for their treasure. The book provides a compelling portrait of the wrecker  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dennis M Powers
ISBN: 9780814413531 0814413536
OCLC Number: 227033801
Description: xiv, 304 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Early years --
The wrecker chronicles --
San Francisco Bay times --
The tragedy of Merritt's Circassian --
Dynamite Johnny and the Umatilla --
Midwest and coastal operations --
Success, sealing, and the Arctic --
Failures follow accomplishment --
Wrecks--and a ghost ship --
No rewards without risk --
Used parts, scrap, and a new bow --
The decade of the Great War --
The roaring twenties --
The change of eras.
Responsibility: by Dennis M. Powers.
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"Powers is a thorough researcher with a feel for the wet environment he writes about." -- Mail Tribune

 
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by jpaquette1991 (WorldCat user published 2010-04-28) Excellent Permalink

I had to read the first 50 pages of this book for my Writing About Literature class at the Coast Guard Academy. I went into the book having no idea what a wrecker was, or what the book was about at all. The book is a conglomeration of stories (as far as I can tell) about various wreckers in America...
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Powers’ writing is imaginative, informative, and motivational

by readerviews (WorldCat user published 2009-02-16) Excellent Permalink

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (12/08)

“Taking the Sea” is the fourth in Dennis M. Powers’ celebrated maritime narratives.  Research on his book “Sentinel of the Seas” triggered Powers’ curiosity...
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