The Ship and the Storm by Jim Carrier

By Jim Carrier

"Utterly compulsive and unputdownable--the most fun, real, and humanly relocating of all of the contemporary hurricane books. Brilliantly paced and completely balanced. . . . service is a marvelously reliable narrator. . . . a very good book."--Jonathan Raban, writer of Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings and undesirable Land: An American Romance "A significant tale. an incredibly well-written account of the occasions as I knew them. I commend Jim service for a powerful job."--Jerry D. Jarrell, Director, nationwide typhoon heart In October 1998, the majestic schooner Fantome got here face-to-face with the most savage storms in Atlantic heritage. The final days of the Fantome are reconstructed in vibrant and heartbreaking aspect via Jim Carrier's vast learn and hundreds and hundreds of private interviews. What emerges is a narrative of braveness, hubris, the ache of command, the burden of lives as opposed to wealth, and the advances of technological know-how as opposed to the negative energy and unpredictability of nature. (20001015)

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Maybe somehow I knew that he was going to be taken away from me and that I had to memorize every detail and feature of him. ” In August, when March and Bleasdale went back to England to meet their families, Annie decided to stay and take the four-month Offshore Yacht Masters course, the license March held. ” When she kissed him good-bye August 8 she cried in front of her parents, which embarrassed her. “I had always told them that I’d never cry over a man. ” By October, with the weather in England raw and Annie tiring of extreme sailing, Guyan’s once-a-week chain letters kept her going.

The faithful met for “Jammerfests” back in the States, get-togethers filled with insider jokes and gossip. A couple of dozen personal Web sites contained photos and trip reports, chat rooms, and memories of such events as “battles” with another Windjammer ship, complete with pirate flags and cannons firing blanks. ” At age seventy-five, Burke spent most of his time at home—a brooding homemade castle on Miami Beach’s Back Bay. Guarded by an iron gate, turrets, and an elaborate moat with live sharks, the castle was 42 The Ship and the Storm sculpted of dark gray mud, the walls an endless revelation of gargoyles, mermaids, sea creatures, and oblong faces emerging from bas relief as if from nightmares.

Windjammer was aware of these problems when it moved the Fantome to the western Caribbean in the summer of 1997 to find new cruising grounds away from the cruise ship–crowded Antilles. Captain March, who didn’t like having his back in a corner, went along with misgivings. “We talked about the possibility of hurricanes a great deal and options that were open to us if we were caught up in one—the locals O M O A , H O N D U R A S : O C T O B E R 4—10 21 talked about a big one being due,” said Annie Bleasdale, the purser at the time.

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