Into the Raging Sea

Into the Raging Sea

Thirty-three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro

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On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, resulting in the worst American shipping disaster in thirty-five years. No one could fathom how a vessel equipped with satellite communications, a sophisticated navigation system, and cutting-edge weather forecasting could suddenly vanish--until now. Relying on hundreds of exclusive interviews with family members and maritime experts, as well as the words of the crew members themselves--whose conversations were captured by the ship's data recorder--journalist Rachel Slade unravels the mystery of the sinking of El Faro. As she recounts the final twenty-four hours onboard, Slade vividly depicts the officers' anguish and fear as they struggled to carry out Captain Michael Davidson's increasingly bizarre commands, which, they knew, would steer them straight into the eye of the storm. Taking a hard look at America's aging merchant marine fleet, Slade also reveals the truth about modern shipping--a cut-throat industry plagued by razor-thin profits and ever more violent hurricanes fueled by global warming.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018].
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062699701
Characteristics: xiv, 391 pages : color map ; 24 cm.


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Aug 29, 2018

It's a damning indictment of corporate greed outweighing safety, security and the value of human lives as well as the consequences of rolling back necessary regulation in service to that avarice. It seems more like something that would have happened during the robber-baron era of the 19th century. Are all the old, bad ways rearing their ugly heads again like a hydra...?


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