Disasters at Sea: A Visual History of Infamous Shipwrecks

Skyhorse
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The stories behind over sixty historical shipwrecks, with extensive illustrations.
 
Whether they’re caused by rough weather, human error, collision, piracy, or mutiny, shipwrecks are fascinating stories filled with history and human drama. This book reveals the facts behind numerous catastrophes around the world, and legends, myths, and mysteries of the sea from ancient to modern times—including widely known disasters such as the Titanic and Andrea Doria, as well as the cases of:
 
  • The San Agustin
  • The 1715 Treasure Fleet
  • USS Monitor
  • The Endurance
  • SS Edmund Fitzgerald
  • RMS Empress of Ireland
  • The Henrietta Marie
  • HMS Bounty
  • The Mary Celeste
  • The General Slocum
  • The Flying Dutchman
  • And many more
 
Includes detailed maps and shipwreck locations
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About the author

Liz Mechem is an accomplished freelance writer and editor, holding an MFA from The New School. She is also a graduate from San Francisco State University. She spends her time as an English teacher with New Canaan Country School, and as an adjunct professor with The New School.
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Publisher
Skyhorse
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Published on
Jul 1, 2014
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Pages
193
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ISBN
9781629142784
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Military / Naval
Transportation / Ships & Shipbuilding / History
Transportation / Ships & Shipbuilding / Pictorial
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