The Grey Seas Under: The Perilous Rescue Missions of a North Atlantic Salvage Tug

The Grey Seas Under: The Perilous Rescue Missions of a North Atlantic Salvage Tug

by Farley Mowat

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The hair-raising rescue missions of a deep-sea salvage tug that saved hundreds of lives during two decades of service in the North Atlantic.

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ISBN-13: 9781585742400
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2001
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 495,109
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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The Grey Seas Under: The Perilous Rescue Mission of a N.A. Salvage Tug 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Farley Mowat is unmatchable at the task of sea storytelling. This tale will give you a new respect the next time you see a seagoing tug. The story unfolds around a famous salvage tugboat named Foundation Franklin, with a personality as finely defined as a human¿s might be. The boat and the men who manned her shared strength, tenacity and courage as they rescued ships in peril on the vast frozenness of the North Atlantic. Mowat¿s descriptions of the bleak winter ocean will cause your fingertips to numb as you turn the pages of this great read. The salvage tug served from 1930 to 1948, saving ships and lives. The author will almost have you reaching for the Dramamine as he writes of the seas building from vicious gales. Snug up your collar and give this book a launching.
4hounds on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a Canada-based salvage ship that must have saved hundreds of ships in her lifetime. The Foundation Franklin is very much a character, and her story and that of the insanely brave men who worked her is thrilling. You get a real sense of how astonishingly dangerous the North Atlantic is - and was, during WWII. Mowat's prose isn't his best - there's too much "on March 1, this ship did this, then on March 10, Franklin did that, and on March 15..." You get the picture. But the story of the ship shines through - I think any fan of O'Brien, Forester, or Kipling's Captains Courageous would greatly enjoy this book.
Pferdina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a history of the salvage ship Foundation Franklin, which worked the North Atlantic during the 1930s and 1940s. Although it is an interesting story, the book suffers from a lack of focus (other than the ship, which is difficult to sympathize with). No one character or event seems more important than the others. Many parts of the book read like barely-edited entries from the ship's log.
rexton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A superb book of danger and courage on the high seas. One of the few books about salvage tugs. The tug Foundation Franklin was an important part of Newfoundland and Maritime Canadian History.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago