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Ten hours until dawn : the true story of heroism and tragedy aboard the Can Do

Author: Mike Tougias
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   book_printbook : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Documents the rescue efforts of pilot boat captain Frank Quirk and his four-man team, who, during the blizzard of 1978, endeavored to save the crew of a floundering tanker off the Massachusetts coast as well as a Coast Guard team that was endangered during a failed rescue attempt. In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Frank Quirk, Jr.; Frank Quirk, Jr.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mike Tougias
ISBN: 0312334354 9780312334352 0312334362 9780312334369 0312347650 9780312347659
OCLC Number: 64390615
Description: x, 322 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Contents: The gathering storm --
The Coast Guard responds --
Frank Quirk and Charlie Bucko --
Rogue waves and dead engines --
Rescue of the Chester Poling --
A storm like no other --
Swept over with a crash --
A family's anxious wait --
Time is the enemy --
Heading northeast --
Pursuing life's pathway --
In shoal waters --
Troubles on the Cape George --
Silence --
Beyond the realm of experience --
The anchor --
The breakwater --
Desperation --
Dawn's dim light --
The search --
The Global Hope --
Devastation --
Discoveries --
The week after --
Wrecked boat, wrecked lives --
"Crossing the bar" --
Brian and farewell --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: True story of heroism and tragedy aboard the Can Do
Responsibility: Michael Tougias.
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Documents the rescue efforts of pilot boat captain Frank Quirk and his four-man team, who, during the blizzard of 1978, endeavored to save the crew of a floundering tanker off the Massachusetts coast as well as a Coast Guard team that was endangered during a failed rescue attempt. In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. The Coast Guard heard the Mayday calls and immediately dispatched a patrol boat. Within an hour, the Coast Guard boat was in as much trouble as the tanker, having lost its radar, depth finder, and engine power in horrendous seas. Pilot boat Captain Frank Quirk was monitoring the Coast Guard's efforts by radio, and when he heard that the patrol boat was in jeopardy, he decided to act. Gathering his crew of four, he readied his forty-nine-foot steel boat, the Can Do, and entered the maelstrom of the blizzard. Using dozens of interview and audiotapes that recorded every word exchanged between Quirk and the Coast Guard, Tougias has written a devastating, true account of bravery and death at sea.

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