by Tougias, Michael J.
Publisher:St Martins Pr
[MP3CD Audiobook format in vinyl case]
*Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
*Included: the actual radio transmissions from the doomed boat and the Coast Guard
[Read by Joe Barrett]
During the height of the blizzard of 1978, a tanker foundered on the shoals off the Massachusetts coast. The Coast Guard dispatched a patrol boat that was soon in trouble, too. A pilot-boat captain, Frank Quirk, heard of the Coast Guard's plight on his radio. He gathered his crew of four, readied his forty-nine-foot steel boat, the 'Can Do', and entered the maelstrom of the blizzard soon to be known as the ''Storm of the Century''.
Encountering one of the most monstrous seas ever recorded, Quirk struggled through the night to keep his boat from sinking, maintaining contact through his hand-held battery-powered radio. The 'Can Do' stayed afloat past three a.m. Then there was silence.
Through dozens of interviews as well as recordings of the radio communications exchanged between Quirk and the Coast Guard -- actual recordings included here in this audiobook -- Michael J. Tougias provides us a devastating, true account of bravery and death at sea.
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