During the evening of October 4, 1980, in the Pacific Ocean nearly 330 miles from Valdez, Alaska, a fire engulfed the engine room of the Prinsendam, a Holland America cruise ship carrying 320 passengers, most of them elderly. As the fire raged out of control, the ship’s captain faced the most dire decision of his career: Could he give the order to abandon ship in the face of a typhoon bearing down on the Prinsendam’s position? The story of this disaster at sea, and of the near-miraculous rescue that ensued, is recounted in heart-stopping detail in this powerful book. Drawing on extensive interviews with passengers, crew, and coast guardsmen, combined with exhaustive research, Saving the Prinsendam brings to life the last moments of the doomed cruise ship and the heroic efforts of the Coast Guardsmen who managed to transport every passenger to safety before the Prinsendam rolled and slid bow-first to the bottom on October 11. Told in the hour-by-hour style of Walter Lord's Titanic classic: A Night to Remember, the book recreates the drama of one of the most memorable and successful rescue operations ever to be conducted at sea.
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H. Paul Jeffers is the well-respected author of more than fifty works of both fiction and nonfiction including the recently published, critically acclaimed biography of General Billy Mitchell, the legendary air force leader, titled Billy Mitchell: The Life, Times, and Battles of America's Prophet of Air Power. He lives in New York City.From Booklist :
The rescue of all the passengers from the burning cruise liner Prinsendam may not deserve the label given it by the book's subtitle, but when the Dutch vessel caught fire off the Alaskan coast in 1980, the rescue effort was undeniably conducted with the greatest of skill. Coast Guard helicopters retrieved many of the aging and ill passengers from the lifeboats, as did the cutter Boutwell. A piece of good fortune was the presence of the supertanker Williamsburg, whose crew displayed consummate seamanship as they turned their vessel into a combined helipad, first-aid and warming station, and command post. Although Prinsendam eventually sank, everyone involved displayed courage, clear-headedness, and a strong sense of organization. Jeffers' prose is no more than workmanlike, but his research has been thorough, and the story he tells is quite thrilling enough without authorial boosting. Maritime buffs of every variety will enjoy the book, not least for recounting a story that shows the Coast Guard at its best. Roland Green
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Description du livre Zenith Pr, Osceola, Wisconsin, U.S.A., 2006. Hard Cover. État : New. Etat de la jaquette : New. First American Edition. When the engine room of the Prinsendam catches fire in the middle of the Gulf of Alaska, the Coast Gusard is needing to attempt one of the greatest sea rescues of all time. N° de réf. du libraire MBI029
Description du livre Zenith Press, 2006. Hardcover. État : New. Never used!. N° de réf. du libraire P110760320799
Description du livre Zenith Press. Hardcover. État : New. 0760320799 New Condition. N° de réf. du libraire NEW7.0313375
Description du livre Zenith Press, Osceola, Wisconsin, U.S.A., 2006. Hard Cover. État : New. Etat de la jaquette : New. First Edition. 304 pages, index, b&w photos appendix, timeline. During the evening of Oct. 4th 1980, fire engulfed the engine room of the cruise ship Prinsendam in the middle of the the Gulf of Alaska. leading to one of the greatest sea rescues of all time. N° de réf. du libraire 329282