By Michael Woods
For millions of years, the perils of the ocean have claimed uncountable numbers of sufferers. undesirable climate, rocks and icebergs, gear disasters, human blunders, and lots of extra different types of tragedies have all despatched ships to watery graves. whereas smooth expertise has made sea-going vessels more secure and rescues more uncomplicated, there nonetheless are bad mess ups that take place. With dramatic pictures and eyewitness accounts--plus the newest proof and figures--this e-book supplies a close-up examine mess ups at sea.
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New York: Kensington Publishing, 2002. Willis, Clint. Rough Waters: Stories of Survival from the Sea. New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1999. , Jr. Sole Survivors of the Sea. Baltimore: Nautical and Aviation Publishing Company of America, 1994. Zine, David. Forgotten Empress: The Empress of Ireland Story. Tiverton, UK: Halsgrove Publishing, 1998. Further Resources BOOKS Autio, Karen. Second Watch. Winlaw, BC: Sono Nis Press, 2005. In this novel, Saara, eleven, and her mother are traveling to Finland on the doomed Empress of Ireland in 1914 when it collides with a coal ship on the Saint Lawrence River in Canada.
In the past, stormy weather and high waves sometimes delayed rescuers. S. Coast Guard’s Motor Lifeboats. These amazing boats are 47 feet (14 m) long. They can sail at 29 miles (46 km) per hour when waves are up to 30 feet (9 m) high. Those waves would reach the top of a three-story building. Waves may tip the Motor Lifeboat upside down. However, the Motor Lifeboat is designed to float like a cork. It automatically turns upright again within eight seconds. In the future, ships may carry small Motor Lifeboats.
1914 Fog causes a fatal accident on the Saint Lawrence River in Canada when the E m p ress of Ireland collides with the coal freighter S to r s tad (below ). More than 1,000 people drown. 1915 Western Electric Company employees, on their way to their annual picnic, crowd aboard the E a s t l a n d, anchored in the Chicago River. The E a s t l a n d capsizes, and 844 people drown. 1916 During World War I, the French ship P rov ence is sunk by a German submarine in the Mediterranean Sea. Approximately 3,100 people are killed.