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The Resource Taking the sea : perilous waters, sunken ships, and the true story of the legendary wrecker captains, by Dennis M. Powers

Taking the sea : perilous waters, sunken ships, and the true story of the legendary wrecker captains, by Dennis M. Powers

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Taking the sea : perilous waters, sunken ships, and the true story of the legendary wrecker captains
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Taking the sea
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perilous waters, sunken ships, and the true story of the legendary wrecker captains
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by Dennis M. Powers
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eng
Summary
  • "By the mid-19th century, an intrepid, reckless group of men ruled the ocean. Known as "wreckers, " they made their living by rescuing ships in distress and raising sunken ones, even in the face of monstrous waves and fierce weather. To some, they were heroes, helping to rescue both passengers and ships with courage and skill. To others, they were ruthless pirates, who exploited these shipwrecks purely for their treasure. The vessels they rescued could be waterlogged on a reef or stuck high and dry on rocky shoals. They could be listing on the beach or rolling in the turbulent surf miles out to sea. The crew could have hastily abandoned the ship - in which case it was considered to be a "derelict" with enormous salvage value - or people might be still aboard, desperate to be taken off, even fearful of their would-be rescuers. But the daring wreckers, or ship salvagers, came aboard."
  • "In Taking the Sea, Dennis Powers uncovers a fascinating, yet up to now largely unknown, period in our history. Here he traces the journey of these legendary men through the story of Captain Thomas P.H. Whitelaw, the most important ship salvager of his day. Powers offers a compelling portrait of Whitelaw and the other wrecker captains, recounting the dangerous lives they and their men led. He tells us their stories from the early beginnings when needy villagers followed stricken ships in the hopes of improving their lives a little to the heyday of the wreckers in the early twentieth century when steamships and schooners ruled this country's byways."
  • "Powers explains in detail how these wreckers raised sunken ships, using pontoons and caissons, powerful tugs, strong donkey engines, and an understanding of the moon and tides to create an artificial buoyancy inside the hull. From the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea, we travel along with these men and Captain Whitelaw as they face the savage seas to save foundering ships and frightened passengers."--BOOK JACKET
Summary
In the mid-19th century, 'wreckers' made their living by rescuing ships in distress and raising sunken ships. To some, they were heroes; to others, they were ruthless pirates. This book enters the world of the wreckers through the story of Captain Thomas P. H. Whitelaw, the most important ship salvager of his day, whose adventures in shipping began at age 12 and led him to Mexico, British Columbia, and the Bering Sea. The experiences of his counterparts on the East Coast are also chronicled. The book looks at the roots of ship salvaging in Europe, and details the technology the 19th and early-20th century wreckers used. B&w historical photos are included. Powers has written other books on maritime history. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Biography type
contains biographical information
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303043
Cataloging source
DLC
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Powers, Dennis M
Dewey number
910.452
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Whitelaw, Thomas P. H
  • Salvage
  • Shipwrecks
  • Ship captains
  • Shipwrecks
Target audience
adult
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perilous waters, sunken ships, and the true story of the legendary wrecker captains
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Taking the sea : perilous waters, sunken ships, and the true story of the legendary wrecker captains, by Dennis M. Powers
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Publication
Note
Formerly CIP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [285]-295) and index
Contents
Early years -- The wrecker chronicles -- San Francisco Bay times -- The tragedy of Merritt's Circassian -- Dynamite Johnny and the Umatilla -- Midwest and coastal operations -- Success, sealing, and the Arctic -- Failures follow accomplishment -- Wrecks--and a ghost ship -- No rewards without risk -- Used parts, scrap, and a new bow -- The decade of the Great War -- The roaring twenties -- The change of eras
Control code
000043081801
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 304 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780814413531
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Taking the sea : perilous waters, sunken ships, and the true story of the legendary wrecker captains, by Dennis M. Powers
Publication
Note
Formerly CIP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [285]-295) and index
Contents
Early years -- The wrecker chronicles -- San Francisco Bay times -- The tragedy of Merritt's Circassian -- Dynamite Johnny and the Umatilla -- Midwest and coastal operations -- Success, sealing, and the Arctic -- Failures follow accomplishment -- Wrecks--and a ghost ship -- No rewards without risk -- Used parts, scrap, and a new bow -- The decade of the Great War -- The roaring twenties -- The change of eras
Control code
000043081801
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 304 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780814413531
Other physical details
ill.

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