Devils Deep Blue Sea - Summer Books


#1

Has anyone read, “Devils on the Deep Blue Sea: The Dreams, Schemes and Showdowns That Built America’s Cruise-Ship Empires”.<br><br>What are you reading this summer?


#2

I was inspired by your blog post <a target="_blank" href="http://gcaptain.com/maritime/blog/the-box-how-the-shipping-container-made-the-world-smaller-and-the-world-economy-bigger/]The Box: How the shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger so I went out and picked it up. great read! <br><br>I am always on the hunt for good books and would love to see this thread rolling. <br><br>Thanks gCaptain for the tip on The Box


#3

Mark Twain’s “Life on the Mississippi”. Said to be the best book on piloting ever written. I just finished it and I must agree.


#4

For the Mass Maritime guys out there be sure to check out Logs of the Dead Pirate Society by Randy Peffer. Good Stuff.


#5

Big tanker rescues tug towing barge carrying space shuttle external fuel tank. Great read. I found the book on amazon, this is a description from their site:<br><br>
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt]<strong><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana]From Publishers Weekly</span></strong><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana]<br>Strong and Braden’s tale of an imperfect storm, three ships and a daring rescue comes to vivid life in this gem of a book. Strong, captain of an oil tanker carrying 10 million gallons of crude, was trying to outrun tropical storm Gordon when he picked up a distress call off the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” /><st1:State w:st="on]<st1:place w:st="on]Florida</st1:place></st1:State> coast in the early hours of November 15, 1994. An oceangoing tug with a cargo barge tethered behind it had lost engine power and was foundering. Strong decided to attempt a rescue, although doing so put his own crew and cargo, not to mention hundreds of miles of <st1:State w:st="on]<st1:place w:st="on]Florida</st1:place></st1:State> coast, at risk of a catastrophic oil spill. Strong also didn’t know that the barge’s cargo, a brand-new external fuel tank for a space shuttle, was worth nearly $50 million. The successful rescue of all life and property later resulted in a landmark judgment in court when the company that owned Strong’s ship claimed, via long-standing maritime laws, the right to a percentage of the value of the rescued goods. Strong’s first-person narration of the immediate story is gripping, while still allowing for discursions into topics such as shipping, admiralty law and meteorology. Strong and co-writer Braden don’t rush into the high-seas drama, but the complex details involved in the rescue itself are sharp and clear. The court case is anticlimactic, but the authors don’t linger on it unnecessarily. This is a great story, well told. Photos.</span></P>