A Perfect Storm for a new generation, Rachel Slade's Into the Raging Sea is a masterful page-turning account of the El Faro's sinking.Ben Mezrich, bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of FacebookThe one account Ive read that solves the riddle of El Faro convincingly and thoroughly. Superbly written, Into the Raging Sea deserves a place on the bookshelf of modern maritime classics. Even those who have followed El Faro closely will find major surprises here.Robert Frump, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Until the Sea Shall Free Them: Life, Death, and Survival in the Merchant MarineOn October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, resulting in the worst American shipping disaster in thirty-five years. No one could fathom how a vessel equipped with satellite communications, a sophisticated navigation system, and cutting-edge weather forecasting could suddenly vanishuntil now.Rel...
|Title||:||Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||416 pages|
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Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro Reviews
This is very expertly researched and accounts for every bit of the varying events that caused the sinking of the El Faro.
In short, the company TOTE fucked over their crew by having out of date software and hardware. Captain Davidson was more focused on his own career than getting safely to Puerto Rico. Danielle and Schultz were worried about coming on too strong. In short, bad business practice and poor communication between the ranks doomed the ship from the get-go.
The author did a great job o ...more
Even though you probably know the outcome (especially after the first chapter!), this book is a real page-turner. It was hard for me to put it down. Although written in the Jon Krakauer style of diversions into various topics (boats, that reminds me to tell you about the mariner history of the US... etc!), the book is very engaging, and the meanderings are quite interesting. I thought the book losts its way towards the end, and I would have liked more information about the last few hours. The de ...more
An excellent and harrowing account of the loss of a ship with 33 people aboard during Hurricane Joaquin in 2015. For those who wondered how a ship could have deliberately moved into the path of a tropical system like this the book provides the answer.
Unlike the classic "The Perfect Storm," which this book might be compared to, the author of this book has access to a valuable resource - more than 25 hours of recordings made on the bridge of the ships officers conversations. Much like an airliner' ...more
This book contains a little bit of Puerto Rico, A lot about the U.S. maritime industry, a summary of the key crew members and the decisions by the captain, the non-decisions by the other officers and the shipping company that cause the loss of these lives and the politics that controls the U.S. Coast Guard.
Anyone who is curious about disasters, their causes and how they are investigated will find this to be a great read. Like all contemporary disasters, this one created some critical additions ...more
A very detailed account of the sinking of the El Faro. The author did a great job of not only documenting the tragedy, but also by providing much of the actual dialog of the crew in their last hours. She was able to do this because searchers were able to recover the "black box" which recorded these conversations.
My only compliant, and a minor one , is the lack of photos. There are none in this book. Photos of the ship and crew would have been nice. I'm sure the families could have provided some ...more
Shipping is dangerous work and ships run aground, capsize, founder, or sink nearly every day. Some of these tragedies, though, capture the imagination and inspire writers to explore the reasons for their loss and to find some deeper meaning. The sinking of El Faro in Hurrican Joaquin on October 1, 2015, is just such a storm and has already inspired at least three books so far. Rachel Slade’s Into the Raging Sea seeks to do more than tell the story of the loss of El Faro and its thirty-three crew ...more
A fascinating story. I'm just not thrilled with the way it was told. The author is far from objective in her reporting. It is clear she believes the shipping company was to blame in this tragedy. So the question: Is this a fact-based documentary or an editorial? And there is a bit too much license taken in some spots. We're told that the crew's conversations are often hard to decipher. Yet along with their words (accuracy of which is not disputed) we're often told what the speaker is thinking an ...more
What a good book this is. Rachel Slade takes the reader right on to the El Faro and into the minds of the 33 crew members, their bosses, their families and into the minds of the people who looked for and found the ship. For me the book read like a good fiction novel, except that it was not. How could a 970 foot container ship completely disappear with all hands on board? What was amazing to think about was that all the dialogue in the book from the crew members, came from the Voyage Data Recorde ...more