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A Long, Dangerous Coastline: Shipwreck Tales from Alaska to California (Amazing Stories) Paperback – September 1, 2010
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This title in the Amazing Stories series describes the tragic fates of 14 vessels lost in the waters of North America's west coast between 1853 and 2006 . . . Each catastrophe is concisely but evocatively described. Vintage photographs capture the flavour--and sometimes the terror--of those terrible incidents. --BC Books for BC Schools
About the Author
Anthony Dalton is the author of numerous books on maritime history including The Graveyard of the Pacific, The Fur-Trade Fleet, Alone against the Arctic, and Sir John Franklin. He is a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and is past-president of the Canadian Authors Association. He lives in Tsawwassen, British Columbia.
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A LONG, DANGEROUS COASTLINE spans the years from 1853 to 2006. The stricken vessels included sidewheel steamers, hospital ships, passenger ships, windjammers and USN destroyers. In most cases, the cause of the sinking was human error - faulty navigation, steaming full-speed in pea-soup fog, etc. Some sinkings witnessed horrendous loss of life. When the PRINCESS SOPHIA went down in 1918 in Alaskan waters, for example, all 353 people on board perished.
Maritime buffs should enjoy Dalton's book. At 126 pages, it's a quick read. Each loss is concisely but evocatively described. Vintage photographs capture the flavor - and sometimes terror - of those by-gone days. Several losses though - the PRINCESS SOPHIA tragedy, the Navy DD grounding at Honda Point - are well-known and have been featured in other books.
In any case, A LONG, DANGEROUS COASTLINE is a compelling if ultimately saddening look back at the maritime tragedies of the past century. Recommended.