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Shipwrecked: Reflections of the Sole Survivor Paperback – 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Dennis Hale (2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0692009302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692009307
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,286,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had the pleasure of meeting Dennis Hale at one of his lectures while I was vacationing in Door County, WI in June 2012. His captivating story enthralled his audience and compelled me to purchase his book, which I completed within two days. Alternating between his experiences while on the raft in Lake Huron and events from his childhood that led him to be a hand on the Morrell, the author weaves an interesting account of his survival, both of his earlier hardships and the shipwreck.

Of special interest are the appendices of the Coast Guard investigation report, Dennis's hospital report, and copies of correspondence to Dennis from the Coast Guard, the Secretary of Transportation, and Senator John Glenn, as well as reference to hypothermia research that states that, due to the length of time he was exposed to such extreme conditions, "Dennis Hale should no longer be alive."

I am uncertain as to how this book differs from his earlier work, Sole Survivor: Dennis Hale's Own Story, as I have not read that book.
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This vivid account of the survival of one man's will to live is something that everyone should read, it's a truly amazing story. Dennis Hale tells his real life story through these pages of his SHIPWECKED book to his audience, it will captivate you for sure as you will feel as though you were there,yourself. THANK YOU FOR THIS LIfe CHANGING experience.
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This is the life story of Dennis Hale, the only survivor from the wreck of the Great Lakes ore carrier Daniel J. Morrell in November 1966. Shipping on the Great Lakes is a very interesting subject, and the meteorological hazards involved have led to some notable disasters, like the Big Blow of 1913, the wreck of the Daniel J. Morrell, and the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. All these disasters, amongst others, often occurred when a late fall storm fell upon the Great Lakes while shippers were trying to make their last runs of the season. The "gales of November" is a reference to the winds generated by a powerful mid-latitude low pressure center moving into the Great Lakes from the west or southwest, whipping up high seas.
This is a story of growing up the hard way, survival, and coping with personal tragedy. It also tells a little bit about the psychological, and possibly spiritual, impacts tragedy and loss can have upon the human mind. People are formed and changed by their experiences, both as a child and as an adult.
Overall I found this a delightful book. However, the Union Pacific's City of Los Angeles did not travel through Texas. It crossed the plains via Nebraska and Wyoming. My brother and I think the young Dennis Hale traveled to California from Ohio (through Chicago) via the Rock Island / Southern Pacific Golden State Limited, or took the Illinois Central's City of New Orleans to New Orleans, where he and his aunt would have picked up a Southern Pacific train to Los Angeles. Minor details and recollections aside, it is a good book about this man's interesting life. You can pick it up used through Amazon.com or new from the author.
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This book was totally absorbing. My husband and son especially enjoyed it--both read it in 2 days. What a ride
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