Ship And The Storm

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an Outstanding Book. Truly Gripping And Chilling.—captain G. Andy Chase, Maine Maritime Academy

built For Luxury On A Grand Scale, The fantome Was A 282-foot, Steel-hulled, Four-masted Schooner Commissioned By The Duke Of Westminster In The Roaring Twenties To Idle Along The French Riviera. She Was Rescued From Mothballs In 1971 By Self-made Miami Entrepreneur Mike Burke, Founder Of Windjammer Barefoot Cruises, Ltd., Who Purchased The Tall Ship From Aristotle Onassis. For The Next Twenty-seven Years, The fantome Lumbered Through The Caribbean, Carrying Passengers On Weeklong Fantasy Cruises, Spiced With Rum And Sun.

captain Guyan March, Thirty-two Years Old, Had Spent His Entire Professional Career Aboard Mike Burke's Aging Fleet Of Tall Ships. When He Agreed To Command The fantome In The Uncrowded Waters Of The Gulf Of Honduras During Hurricane Season, He Knew That A Storm Would Leave Him Little Time To Run And Few Places To Hide.

in October 1998, As March And His Crew—most Of Them West Indians And Most Still In Their Twenties—neared The End Of Another Cruise Season, Tropical Storm Mitch Whirled To Life Like A Nebula In The Southern Reaches Of The Caribbean. While Hurricane Specialists In Miami Struggled To Decipher Satellite Photos And Conflicting Readings, Mitch Moved North, Then West, Ultimately Growing Into The Fourth Most Powerful Atlantic Storm On Record As It Plowed Toward The Gulf Of Honduras. After Discharging His 97 Passengers In Belize, Captain March—with First Mate Brasso Frederick, Second Mate Onassis Reyes, And Twenty-eight Other Crew—took The $20 Million Uninsured Ship To Sea To Try To Dodge The Approaching Storm.

mitch Would Become The Most Destructive Hurricane In Western Hemisphere History, Leaving 18,207 People Dead Or Missing. It Would Devastate Honduras. First, Though, It Would Corner The fantome In A Deadly Game Of Cat And Mouse, Confounding The Experts' Predictions And Countering The Ship's Every Move With Eerie Precision. Descending On The Ship, It Would Expose Every Unexamined Assumption To 180-mile-per-hour Winds And 50-foot Seas.

based On Journalist Jim Carrier's Exhaustive Research And Hundreds Of Interviews—including Windjammer Staff And Passengers, The Crew's Families, And Experts From The National Hurricane Center—the Ship And The Storm Explores The Story Of The fantome And Hurricane Mitch From Every Angle, Cutting From The Deck Of The Ship, To Cruise Company Headquarters In Miami, To The Research Planes Flying Into The Unspeakable Heart Of The Storm, To Islanders And Coastal Villagers In A Desperate Battle For Survival. Heartbreaking And Horrifying, This Story Won't Let Go.

jim Carrier Is An Award-winning Journalist And Author Of Seven Books. He Has Written For national Geographic, Sail, And The new York Times. After 20 Years As A Radio Newscaster, Associated Press Correspondent And Newspaper Editor, And 13 Years As The denver Post's Rocky Mountain Ranger, He Bought A 35-foot Sailboat And Moved Aboard. A Survivor Of Six Hurricanes, Including Luis, Marilyn, Georges, And Mitch, He Has Docked His Yawl Temporarily In Montgomery, Alabama.

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here's Another Book About A Ship And A Great Big Storm--but It's Not A Clone Of The Perfect Storm. This Well-written, Absorbing Saga Easily Stands On Its Own. The Storm Of The Title, Hurricane Mitch, Devastated Central America In 1998. The Ship Is The Windjammer Cruises Line's Party Boat, Fantome, Which Found Itself In Mitch's Path. Journalist Carrier (west Of The Divide) Does Much More Than Recount The Fantome's Attempts To Escape The Hurricane. The Author Introduces Not Only The Crew But Also The Hurricane Forecasters And Even The Residents Of The Islands. He Deftly Recounts The Complexities Of Hurricane Prediction, And The Difficulties Faced By The Forecasters Becomes A Riveting Part Of The Whole Story. The Struggle Of The Island Residents First To Survive And Then To Recover Provides A Perspective That Rounds Out This Account Of The Incredible Impact That Hurricane Mitch Had On Central America And The Western Caribbean. This Is A Good Purchase For Any Library. (maps And Photos Not Seen.)--ann Forister, Roseville P.l., Ca Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Authors : Carrier, Jim, Fantome (schooner)

Publisher : International Marine

Published Year : 2001

Edition : 1

Subject : Nature, Natural Disasters

Language : English

ISBN : 007135526x

ISBN13 : 9780071355261