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Four Short Blasts: The Great Gale of 1898 and the Loss of the Steamer Portland Paperback – July, 2003

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About the Author

A Maine native, Mason Philip Smith has been a writer and photographer for over 30 years and has been the author or editor of books about Maine, about cycling in Holland and about northwestern Russia. He is currently working on a book about World War II espionage. The largest familty unit lost on the Portland was Smith's grand aunt and grand uncle and their two children who boarded the Portland in Boston whiule returning home from a visit to their Danish homeland.

Peter Dow Bachelder is a former tourism official and also a former newspaper columist who specialized in writing about Maine lighthouses and Maine shipwrecks. In additional, he is the author of several books dealing with shipwrecks and lighthouse.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: The Provincial Press (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931675111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931675119
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,085,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I for one like history to be both accurate and dramatic - it so seldom is both. In this book it is. The research is meticulous and exceedingly well presented. The crisp, engaging style blends perfectly with the fine but terrifying paintings depicting the doomed ship. The newspaper portraits of passengers and crew harmonize with the graphic, yet deeply compassionate tale of human disaster. Also, the cover of the book is aesthetically powerful and highly effective. I enthusiastically recommend this fine work.
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I was disappointed in this book. Besides paying an outragous price to get it, I discovered it disappointing in 2 ways.

1-I bought it because my great grandfather, a crew member went down on this ship and died, and the author apparently did not check with the government and get all the names of the crew, because my grandfather was not mentioned in the book. The government documents and three newspapers in several places confirm that he did indeed die because this ship was sunk in this storm.

2-In the beginning of the book, it goes on and on and on and on about the weather that led up to the storm. It was unnecessarily detailed, and could have been shortened and then the story would have begun sooner.
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