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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Down The Shore Publishing; softcover edition (July 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593220502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593220501
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 11 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A gripping and informative account of what appears to be America's deadliest coastline. After reading New Jersey Shipwrecks, you'll never look at the Jersey Shore as before. Thank God for modern engines and GPS. A great read.” — W. Hodding Carter, author of A Viking Voyage and Stolen Water: Saving the Everglades from its Friends, Foes and Florida “A book of historic importance …. vivid and powerful accounts of life and death. It reads like an engrossing novel. I was swept away.” — Sharon J. Wohlmuth, New York Times best-selling co-author of Sisters, Mothers and Daughters and Best Friends “Gripping tales are recounted in stunning detail. The writing is crisp and numerous illustrations are dramatic. Once you start reading Shipwrecks, you will not put this book down. — Gary Jobson, championship sailor, America’s Cup Hall of Fame inductee, ESPN and Athens Olympics sailing commentator. “New Jersey Shipwrecks offers a marvelous and detailed unveiling of an underwater world that combines dream and nightmare in equal measure.” — Madeleine Blais, Professor of Journalism, University of Massachusetts; author of the national best-seller In These Girls, Hope Is A Muscle “A well-written and wonderfully illustrated book that recounts the fascinating and often frightful stories of the major shipwrecks and disasters along the treacherous New Jersey coast.” — Robert M. Browning Jr., Chief Historian, U.S. Coast Guard “A riveting chronology of horrors and heroism [and] an engrossing narrative that covers over three centuries of maritime disasters, filled with the suffering of the victims, the occasional selfishness of the cowards and opportunists, and the selfless courage of the rescuers. It is history as a ‘page turner'!” — J. Revell Carr, author of All Brave Sailors; former president and director of Mystic Seaport “Margaret Buchholz continues her tradition of bringing New Jersey coastal history to vivid life. When her career comes to a close, Buchholz can rest easy knowing that her body of work ranks among the best maritime history ever published in the United States.” — John J. Galluzzo, Editor, Wreck & Rescue Journal, US Life-Saving Service Heritage Association

A ”beautifully illustrated volume.” — The Star Ledger “Buchholz writes with a storyteller’s skill in recounting this fascinating segment of maritime history.”
• ForeWord Magazine
“Tales vastly more interesting, and with a fascinating cast of characters, are told in New Jersey Shipwrecks.”
• The New York Times
“350 years of wrecks, deaths and amazing heroism.”
• The Press of Atlantic City
• Book News
“narratives that put the reader into the treacherous seas that brought so many ships low.”
• Asbury Park Press

About the Author

Historian and writer Margaret Thomas Buchholz is co-author, with Larry Savadove, of the bestselling Great Storms of the Jersey Shore; the author of Island Album; and editor of Shore Chronicles: Diaries and Travelers' Tales from the Jersey Shore 1764-1955. Her essays about the New Jersey Shore have been included in anthologies and collections. Buchholz was publisher of the Long Beach Island, New Jersey Shore, newspaper The Beachcomber from 1955 to 1987, and is still an editor. She grew up in Harvey Cedars, where her family has been coming since 1833, and currently lives year-round in her childhood home on the Island.

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For shipwreck fans, casual or fanatical, this book is a must for your collection.
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A very interesting and educational book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edwin Johnson on December 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you've never stood on deck and smelled fresh salt, if you haven't felt the surf break around your feet at the shore, get this book and you'll be hooked! Great illustrations and photographs are surrounded by scintillating writing from an author who obviously has had a long love affair with the ocean. This book may be non-fiction but it will grip your interest as much as any of the great classic sea novels.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Most people are unaware that the coastal waters along the New Jersey shoreline is one of the world's most treacherous areas of navigation and the site of demise for thousands of ships. This is superbly documented by Margaret Thomas Buchholz in "New Jersey Shipwrecks: 350 years in the Graveyard of the Atlantic", a 200-page compendium that provides an historically accurate record from 1642 down to the maritime disasters of today. This is also the fascinating story of those who attempted rescue of the men and women aboard those doomed ships, beginning with the use of small boats, simply bayous, and ordinary rope, to the modern era of the Coast Guard (which began as the U. S. Lifesaving Service). The informed and informative text is chronologically presented and enhanced with the inclusion of 142 historic photographs and illustrations. Of special note is the listing of hundreds of wrecks along the New Jersey Shore. Enhanced with an extensive bibliography and a comprehensive index, "New Jersey Shipwrecks: 350 years in the Graveyard of the Atlantic" is highly recommended reading and an especially commended addition to both academic and community library American History collections.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Howat on December 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What an adventure! Here are true stories of bravery and harrowing danger, stories that will call up all the courage and daring-do of real men and women, many lost at sea, some saved. Story after story is captivating, even haunting. The art work, the research, the authentic story-telling make this a book for anyone who has ever dreamed of life on the very high and very treacherous seas. Better than "Mutiny," better than "The Perfect Storm." Here are a hundred perfect storms, with photos and all the characters are real. No names have been changed. What a magnificent book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark St Germain on December 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"Knowing Margaret Thomas Buchholz and her talent, as a fan of her earlier books, I was prepared for NEW JERSEY SHIPWRECKS to be a treat, but it's more than that: it's a treasure. Both its pictures and narrative wallop the reader with a typhoon's power. (One wreck survivor describes wind hard enough "to blow one's hair out by the roots") The photographs and prose of NEW JERSEY SHIPWRECKS grab hold of our imagination and emotions, bringing us back in time to witness dozens of shipwrecks, their victims and heroes. NEW JERSEY SHIPWRECKS also provides us with mysteries to ponder, including the source of the 1934 fire that engulfed the Morro Castle Luxury Liner, claming 134 lives, or the true cargo of John P. Rockerfeller's SINDIA, rumored to be smuggled Chinese national treasures. Though I've already bought two additional copies to give to relatives with homes on the Jersey Shore, this book deserves a much wider audience: it's for everyone who loves the sea or fears it, or, like most of us, do both."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scott H. Mazzella on December 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Shipwrecks are a conundrum. The sight of one easily sets the mind adrift into the carnal, squalid recesses of tragedy. At the same time, however, it stimulates the curious and romantic parts of the mind as well. Although shipwrecks, in reality, are often devastating, life-robbing events, the sight of a tall-masted ship sitting unnaturally along a lonely beach can be equally bizarre and quixotic. Centuries ago, shipwrecks became headlines in newspapers and brief tourist attractions for shore visitors. But, those days are over. Shipwrecks today are more often than not economic and natural disasters that play out for the masses on videos and television. But there was a time when the stories of shipwrecks involved heroism, courage, and a passion to triumph over death, when the odds were staggeringly against the human beings on board. Now, beating time and tide, a new book brings back those stories and images and combines them in a startlingly vivid way.

When you pick up New Jersey Shipwrecks, the latest book from Jersey Shore author Margaret Thomas Buchholz (who, along with Larry Savadove, penned Great Storms of the Jersey Shore), it is immediately recognizable as one from Down the Shore publishing. New Jersey history buffs will surely notice the similarity in the design of this cover and the set of popular historical hardbound by John Bailey Lloyd, Six Miles at Sea and Eighteen Miles of History. If the book was forgettable, at the very least it would look great next to the other two on a shelf. Fortunately, the book is anything but forgettable. It is a spellbinding mix of text and visual texture that will surely please both the casual and serious reader alike.
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Ms. Buchholz provides dramatic accounts that place you on the beaches as lives hang in the balance and brave men and women take on life-and-death struggles with the elements. Her book includes numerous lithographs, illustrations and quality photos of the wrecks, as well rescue apparatus -- including life cars, Corson flares, surfboats and Lyle guns that saved thousands of lives.

She also provides a comprehensive catalog of shipwrecks along the Shore with a listing of locations and dates. - GLH
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