- Hardcover: 287 pages
- Publisher: Dorset Press (1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 088029244X
- ISBN-13: 978-0880292443
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,253,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shipwreck: The strange fate of the Morro Castle Hardcover – 1988
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Mr. Thomas' theory that the Chief Radio Operator had a hand in the death of the Captain and starting the fire the next night might make some sense, however, I would have like to see more proof either in the transcripts of the hearings to determine what happened or finding the family of the main suspect to talk with them. I do like his including the political situation in Cuba almost 30 years before Castro assumed power, the fears of a communist takeover on the island and in the United States and the labor unrest of the 1930's. I do like the way that he sets up the various stories of the passengers and crew on the final voyage. His set up of the night of the fire almost makes me think I was on the deck on that fateful night trying to decide whether to jump or wait for rescue or hope that the lifeboats can be launched (did the captain learn from the lessons from the General Slocum which caught on fire in 1904 with the loss of many lives due to the lack of lifeboats?)
For a light read, I can recommend this book. If you are a historian like myself, just be prepared to do your own research to satisfy your own coursity.
Still, though I will not be taking any cruise during this life unless more lasting and significant change comes to the industry, it is a great story and a good illustration of how governments fail to protect citizens from the deep-pocketed corporate citizens who run the one and own the other, or both, as is the case here.
The person who eventually became the primary suspect in starting the fire that led to the ship's demise is revealed as a madman, a psychopath which leads the reader in believing he is responsible for what happened to the Morro Castle and missteps and non-compliance of shipping regulations by the captain and crew led to panic and fatal consequences for the passengers.
The book is written not so much as a historical document as a mystery thriller that happens to be true. I enjoyed reading and learning about the fate of the Morro Castle.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book. I first read this back in the late 60's, early 70's. It is great to have it on the Kindle. The story will keep you from putting it down. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Miss Annie
Readably-written and well-researched. I'm surprised this disaster hasn't received more historical notice.Published 5 months ago by Phil Geusz
This book lives up to its intriguing title and was a page turner from start to finish. Very well researched, with a surprising conclusion. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Carol
This book should certainly be made into a movie. Much drama as nd twists and a true story. I wonder who killed the captain and what happened to some of the other characters. Read morePublished on July 15, 2014 by Bruce Austin
I could not stop reading this book once I started it. Having grown up at the shore I am always interested in the shore's history. Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by Patricia Bubb
A well written and obviously well researched book. Sad that the ship line did not really care about safety. Also in the depth of the depression, taking advantage of crew members.Published on May 31, 2014 by Robert Pressler