Daily Archives: August 16, 2014

Storm Breaks Ships — Risky Rescue Attempted


The-Finest-Hours-book-coverTitle:
 Finest Hours: True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue

Authors:  Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman

Summary:  In 1952, a ship was torn in half during a massive storm off of New England.  Survivors were stranded on both halves of the ship.  During the rescue, the Coast Guard realizes that not one, but two ships were broken in half that day. During the storm, recovery efforts put both victims and rescuers at risk.

Six Word Review:  Storm breaks ships — risky rescue attempted.

I give this 8/10 stars because the story itself is great, but it went into a lot of unnecessary detail.

Gut Reaction:  A ship can break in half?!?

Discuss:  The explanation of how the ships were poorly built and could split half-way was really interesting.

I think that this book would be best for someone who is already interested in maritime books, survival stories or military heroes/rescues.

If the main character was stuck on a deserted island they would…get caught in a storm.

More true Coast Guard rescue stories.

–Amy, Librarian, Magnolia

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