RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 227033801 LA English T1 Taking the sea : perilous waters, sunken ships, and the true story of the legendary wrecker captains A1 Powers, Dennis M., PB AMACOM PP New York YR 2009 SN 9780814413531 0814413536 AB 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 captains and the dangerous lives they and their men led, from their early beginnings when greedy villagers would lure ships to the rocky coasts of Europe to their heyday during the era of the fast but vulnerable American clipper ships and their founding of the city of Key West. The author traces the journey of these legendary men through the story of Captain Thomas P.H. Whitelaw, the most important ship salvager of his day.