Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Encountering one of the most monstrous seas ever recorded, Quirk struggled through the night to keep his boat from being driven to the depths of the sea, maintaining contact with a local ham-radio operator through his hand-held battery-powered radio. We know that the Can Do stayed afloat past three a.m. Then there was silence.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 52 minutes|
|Author||Michael J. Tougias|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 12, 2006|
|Publisher||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #74,818 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#28 in Natural Disasters (Audible Books & Originals)
#31 in Ship & Shipbuilding Engineering
#33 in Maritime History & Piracy (Audible Books & Originals)
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This book does a great job filling in the backstory of not only the Can Do’s crew but also the equally heroic men of the USCG. Yes, there are some odd sidebar stories which some may consider filler, but they all provide additional context of the players in this real-life tragedy.
A very quick read and I am purchasing additional copies for my sailing friends and family.
The Can Do was a steel-hulled Pilot boat out of Gloucester, that home-port of so many brave and lost seamen, and was named as an expression of attitude of the owner, Frank Quirk who with four mates, volunteers to "take a look" to see if he could help men stranded on a tanker in Salem bay.
Conditions were so bad that Coast Guard boats and even cutters were soon in great peril themselves. The tanker was aground, hard set on a ledge and going nowhere - the captain had cried "wolf" in his incompetence and five families lost their men while many of them actually listened to the gradually dying radio transmission from the battered boat.
Well written, interspersed with snippets from Gloucester history, a worthy read.