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Mike Tougias Author Visit

Wednesday July 13, 2022
7:00 PM until 8:00 PM

Join us for a special night with author Michael Tougias. He'll be talking about his book The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue (written with Casey Sherman).

On February 18, 1952, an astonishing maritime event began when a ferocious nor'easter split in half a 500-foot long oil tanker, the Pendleton, approximately one mile off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Incredibly, just twenty miles away, a second oil tanker, the Fort Mercer, also split in half. On both fractured tankers men were trapped on the severed bows and sterns, and all four sections were sinking in 60-foot seas. Thus began a life and death drama of survival, heroism, and a series of tragic mistakes. Of the 84 seaman aboard the tankers, 70 would be rescued and 14 would lose their lives. The rescue that followed is considered the Coast Guard's greatest small boat rescue.

The author will also discuss the making of the movie, working with the screenwriters, and will share some humorous stories about the actors and his cameo in the movie.

Please sign up in advance for this program.

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