The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue

The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue Michael J. Tougias Casey Sherman
  • Title: The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue
  • Author: Michael J. Tougias Casey Sherman
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  • The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue Michael J. Tougias Casey Sherman The Finest Hours The True Story of the U S Coast Guard s Most Daring Sea Rescue The true story of an incredible disaster and heroic rescue at sea told by two masterful storytellers In the winter of New England was battered by the most brutal nor easter in years As the weath
    The true story of an incredible disaster and heroic rescue at sea told by two masterful storytellers.In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor easter in years As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind whipped zone of peril.In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the PenThe true story of an incredible disaster and heroic rescue at sea told by two masterful storytellers.In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor easter in years As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind whipped zone of peril.In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, found themselves in the same horrifying predicament Built with dirty steel, and not prepared to withstand such ferocious seas, both tankers split in two, leaving the dozens of men on board utterly at the Atlantic s mercy.The Finest Hours is the gripping, true story of the valiant attempt to rescue the souls huddling inside the broken halves of the two ships Coast Guard cutters raced to the aid of those on the Fort Mercer, and when it became apparent that the halves of the Pendleton were in danger of capsizing, the Guard sent out two thirty six foot lifeboats as well These wooden boats, manned by only four seamen, were dwarfed by the enormous seventy foot seas As the tiny rescue vessels set out from the coast of Cape Cod, the men aboard were all fully aware that they were embarking on what could easily become a suicide mission.The spellbinding tale is overflowing with breathtaking scenes that sear themselves into the mind s eye, as boats capsize, bows and sterns crash into one another, and men hurl themselves into the raging sea in their terrifying battle for survival.Not all of the eighty four men caught at sea in the midst of that brutal storm survived, but considering the odds, it s a miracle and a testament to their bravery that any came home to tell their tales at all.Michael J Tougias and Casey Sherman have seamlessly woven together their extensive research and firsthand interviews to create an unforgettable tale of heroism, triumph, and tragedy, one that truly tells of the Coast Guard s finest hours.
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    About Michael J. Tougias Casey Sherman


    1. Michael J Tougias is an award winning author and co author of 24 books.Among his bestsellers are The Finest Hours Disney Motion Pictures version will open in 45 countries in January 2016 , Fatal Forecast, Overboard, King Philip s War, and There s A Porcupine In My Outhouse The Vermont Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe Tougias lectures across the country on each of his book topics He also offers leadership inspirational programs for business groups, and has spoken to companies and organizations such as General Dynamics, Raytheon, Massachusetts School Library Association, New York University Surgeons Round Table and many .


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    1. Four separate Coast Guard lifeboats descend on 2 oil tankers in the North Atlantic Sea which have broken in two due to poor craftsmanship during World War II Both pieces of the tanker Pendleton and both pieces of the Fort Mercer have crew on board Depending on the broken section, some have radio contact, some have heat and lights, others are adrift on a ragged portion of a tanker without any means of communication or comfort The day was February 12, 1952 There was a nor eastern blowing snow with [...]

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    2. This feels like the type of typical local lore story that fills small book shops across the Vacationland of Cape Cod The authors all mean well because they have extraordinary history to tell This is no exception The tale of near simultaneous tanker accidents in the middle of a deadly February Nor easter is hair raising no matter who is telling it Admittedly, I tore through it in 2 sessions and enjoyed it very much When ordinary men do what has to be done at great peril, their heroism can be spec [...]

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    3. This was pretty fascinating It had a lot depth than the movie did I mean obviously xD I loved all the interesting historical facts that were thrown into the narrative Plus, knowing that this is a true story somehow makes it so much fascinating However, as much as I DID like it, I had a hard time keeping the various names both of people and of boats lol straight I blame this on my blond brain than I do on the book itself, but it still was a downside for me Plus the book contained a handful of [...]

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    4. 2.5 s If it wasn t for the fact I m from the region where the story took place and know every single lighthouse, harbor, city, town, road and nearly every building mentioned in detail I m not sure I would have liked this book at all It s basically an audio documentary but I ve read a lot in this style and this one was pretty boring I think you need to be a nautical buff or from southern Massachusetts or preferably both to enjoy this one.

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    5. I thought as an overall this book was pretty good but I definitely think that part 1 was better than part 2 In part 1 it had action and was better This is one of the few times that I thought the movie was better tan the book because I saw the movie and I got out of it like how it would feel if I was in that situation, on the ship or rescuing the people from the ship, but the book didn t have enough description but I still liked it.

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    6. A fascinating piece of history this book goes into detail the events of this rescue Where the read might be dry in parts, I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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    7. This book is a well written, easy to read and listen to non fiction The narrator for the audiobook does a really good job, and even though it is non fiction, it is just as gripping and heart pounding as a fiction book I highly recommend this book to anyone with a passing interest in history, especially American history This is a true story of reluctant heroes.

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    8. by Andrea Renee CoxWhat an amazing story The Finest Hours recounts the true story of the most daring sea rescue in US Coast Guard history This book completely blew me away with how two large tankers split in half during a huge winter storm, and the heroic rescue efforts that were made during horrible weather conditions A must read Thank you to the US Coast Guardsmen who put their lives on the line during that rescue mission, and countless others throughout the decades since Your work does not go [...]

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    9. I actually enjoyed this far than I thought I would Tougias does an excellent job of relating the Coast Guard rescue of two tankers which both broke in half during a huge storm While in audio format, it is a little difficult to keep some of the men straight I had to backtrack a few times , it is still an engaging story I like how Tourgias took it in into the modern era.

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    10. I have to confess up front, I m a bit biased about this book The Finest Hours is about one of the most dangerous rescue missions in the history of the U.S Coast Guard, and I spent 13 years of active and reserve duty in the Coast Guard Moreover, this book focuses on the exploits of four men who were members of my part of the Coast Guard the Boat Force, those Coasties serving in small boats who have to go out, but don t have to come back On February 18, 1952, two WWII era T2 oil tankers broke in h [...]

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    11. This is a very straightforward, no frills telling of the Coast Guard rescue of several crewmembers of two merchant vessels that both broke in half during the same storm in 1952 It s not clear which is astonishing the lengths the Coasties went to in order to save lives braving 70 foot waves in 36 foot boats or their humility afterwards with respects to their heroic deeds The account was well researched with some recent interviews of survivors and a few photos, but overall a little on the bland s [...]

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    12. I was pulled into the drama almost immediately A great recounting of 3 days in the winter of 1952 when brave coast guardsmen simply did the job and rescued dozens from 2 ship wrecks It was fascinating to read how they were able to pull it off, with little to no technology and in seas that rival the scene of the small fishing boat climbing a tower of water in the perfect storm Read the book the pictures at the end cannot do the ordeal justice Congratulations to local writer Michael Tougias for hi [...]

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    13. If this was a triller novel you might of said this is crazy but it was history This happen to people and both rescues were just incredible The Coast Guard The movie is coming but read this book, I put off reading this, what a mistake.

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    14. In February 1952, New England was being battered by one of the worst nor easters in years, and two oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, both broke in two.The two tankers were both built of dirty steel, and were welded, not riveted Both things made them brittle and at risk of precisely the disaster that befell them both The dozens of men on each ship were at risk, especially given that both halves of each ship were at risk of capsizing Rescuing them was not a job for amateurs, and th [...]

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    15. I enjoyed this book with my sweetie We both loved the excellent story telling It s amazing how much you learn from books, especially true stories We spent a great deal of time learning about the Coast Guard, the Sea, ships, and especially the heroic actions of brave men Wonderful, inspiring book.

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    16. In February 1952, three low pressure systems combined with a system from New Jersey to create a storm like never before The system stalled over Nantucket, wreaking havoc on those unfortunate enough to be on the sea Not one, but two ships, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer , had each split as a result of powerful waves and weakened hulls The fates of the crews depended upon the actions of the Coast Guard.The story covers the history of Chatham, dating back to the Monomoyick Native Americans The h [...]

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    17. I wanted this book to be interesting than it was I usually enjoy these tales of harrowing survival in hostile environments, whether it be on the slopes of Mount Everest, the wilds of Alaska, or the Arctic seas The Finest Hours is about four Coast Guardsmen who ventured out into a New England storm in 1952 to save the crews of two tankers that cracked up in the waves.It is a harrowing and heroic story, but it was also a fairly straightforward one The Pendleton and the Fort Mercer were both old s [...]

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    18. O Lord, have mercy, Thy sea is so large, and my boat is so small Breton Fisherman s PrayerThe Finest Hours The True Story of the U.S Coast Guard s Most Daring Sea Rescue one of the finest unpretentious examples honoring uncommon valor in darkest hours of tempest seas and memorializing those who never made shore February 18, 1952 Two commercial fuel tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer caught in one of the worst nor easter storms to hit the eastern seaboard snapped in half, a couple hundred [...]

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    19. It s the winter of 1952 and a ferocious Nor easter is pounding New England with howling winds and seventy foot seas Two oil tankers get caught in the violent storm off Cape Cod, its fury splitting the massive ships in two Back on shore, four young Coast Guardsmen are issued a suicide mission save the lives of the stranded seamen Sailing a tiny lifeboat into the teeth of the killer storm, the rescue crew soon loses all navigation With no idea where the stranded seaman are nor how to get back home [...]

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    20. I normally love Tougias I will be the first to admit that he is a great researcher, but only a decent writer Usually, however, his stories are so fast paced and terrifying since they re all true that I just tear through the books Theyre the sort of book that you read in one day, enthralled on the couch or in a tent because its pouring outside DBut this one, this one was scattered for Tougias, who normally weaves multiple storylines in much coherently I found the story to be jumping around, the [...]

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    21. Such an amazing almost unreal true rescue story Who knew boats split in half and that cold water can kill people so fast

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    22. As I read this book, I wondered if there are people still like this today Are there still people like these Coast Guards who will risk their lives for complete strangers Then I listened to the news, and amidst lots of awfulness, there are stories of people who risked everything for strangers, and it gives me hope for mankind.This book follows the true events of 1952 when two oil tankers are caught in a terrible, terrible storm and literally split in half Four halves of huge boats were floating i [...]

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    23. Okay this is supposed to be another most daring sea rescue Let s find out if it is true The other book I read about the great work of the coast guard s was a very well written book Hope this is another good book.It is quite intriguing to realise what scary work the coast guards have to do sometimes You do hear or read about the navy or the air force but less so over the coast guards so I like that this book shows their bravery.Have read about 1 5th so far and in the beginning you get a lot of na [...]

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    24. The event itself when, in 1952, a blizzard at sea lead to an everything has gone wrong moment, and the dramatic, heroic, harrowing rescue by the U.S Guard, is fascinating reading to see find out what ordinary humans can do when they push themselves against impossible oddse writing itself was a bit choppy no pun intended as the authors jump in time back and forth from the night itself to the larger context of the boats, the industry, the Coast Guard, the environmental history of the area, and the [...]

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    25. An amazing story about Liberty ships, which are known to break in half in heavy seas I ve been at sea in a fierce Alaskan storm where the ship was hitting two waves at once, causing massive structural strain to the point where I could hear the creepy sounds of flexing steal In a World War Two era ship like the one I was on the chance of it breaking in half was real It s a scary place to be The Finest Hours tells the story of when two of these ships were violently torn apart during one stormy nig [...]

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    26. This is an excellent book True story about sea rescues by our Coast Guard with skill only well trained people have Pure bravery in life and death situations Looking forward to seeing the movie.

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    27. This was the book on which the 2016 Disney movie, The Finest Hour starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck , was based This real life event concerns rescue operations by the US Coast Guard during a Nor easter in February 1952 The movie focuses on only one of the rescue efforts during that storm The book tells about four, with the one the movie focuses on getting the most attention The movie is only based on the rescue Some of the facts are changed in the movie, such as Miriam and Bernie only being [...]

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    28. In the book The Finest Hours, there is a captain with his crewman that are out in the sea There is a storm that has the waves up to 70 feet high and the storm has gotten even horrible The captains boat has split in two from the waves and the stern which is the front of the boat has started to engulf with water and all the crewmen were running from the front to get to the back of the boat before the waves have taken them away In the end there was 36 crewmen that were saved and one that lost his l [...]

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    29. Excellent Reminds me of my grandfather Story goes he came back from WWII with a bunch of medals He threw em out saying he was just doing his job Selfless and humble people who are real life heroes Excellent story.

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    30. The title of my book is The Finest Hours The True Story of The U.S Coast Guard s Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael J Tougias is historical what i thought of the book is that there is to many facts but its also a really good book my rating is 4 out of 5 stars the main characters are Bernie Webber, Andy Fitzgerald,Richard Livesey,ErvIn Maske,Miriam Webber,crew of fort mercer,crew of pendleton, fort mercer rescuers, and coast gaurde main conflict is that two t2 tankers fort mercer and pendleton hav [...]

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