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Tall ships down : the last voyages of the Pamir, Albatross, Marques, Pride of Baltimore, and Maria Asumpta
Parrott, Daniel S. (Daniel Sargent)
Publication Information:
Camden, Me. : International Marine / McGraw-Hill, [2003]

Physical Description:
xiii, 336 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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"Technologically outmoded and once nearly swept from the seas, tall ships have experienced a fifty-year renaissance as sail training and passenger vessels, and we are the richer for it. After all, what sight has more power to stir the soul than a tall ship under sail with its acres of canvas and miles of rigging? But that resurgence has had a tragic side, and professional mariner and maritime scholar Dan Parrott explores it in Tall Ships Down, a groundbreaking reconstruction of the losses of the 316-foot barque Pamir in 1957; the 117-foot brigantine Albatross in 1961; the 117-foot barque Marques in 1984; the 137-foot Pride of Baltimore in 1986; and the 125-foot brig Maria Asumpta in 1995. Together, these disasters claimed 112 lives." "The stories of these majestic ships have been subject to mystery and distortion. In some instances even the survivors could not explain what went wrong, and in others the official inquiries failed to articulate the most critical lessons hidden in the sudden, terrible catastrophes - until now." "Parrott traces the history of each ship from its building and early career through subsequent owners' modifications. His vivid re-creations of each final voyage dissect the circumstances of loss from forensic evidence, expert testimony, survivors' memories, and his own considerable experience. Carefully examined, the evidence shows that, contrary to some official findings, ignorance of and disregard for age-old practices of seamanship were at least as responsible for the tragedies as "acts of God." In some instances the seeds of a ship's ultimate undoing were planted years before, as ill-considered structural changes, rig modifications, and "mission creep" eroded its stability and seaworthiness. Cargo loose in holds, hatches unsecured at sea, freeing ports timbered shut, failure to preserve proper sea room - these and other factors emerge from Parrott's analysis as contributing factors."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Signing Onp. 1
Pamir (1905-1957)p. 15
Albatross (1921-1961)p. 65
Marques (1917-1984)p. 109
Pride of Baltimore (1977-1986)p. 177
Maria Asumpta (1858-1995)p. 231
Conclusion: Paying Offp. 267
Stabilityp. 283
Beaufort Wind Scalep. 287
Modern Materials on Traditional Shipsp. 288
In Memoriam: The Names of the Lostp. 290
Notesp. 292
Acknowledgmentsp. 323
Indexp. 326