A true story of tragedy, heroism and how thirty-four sailors rescued the U.S. Coast Guard.
"A collision at sea can ruin your entire day!"
- Greek Philosopher Thucydides
Flash forward to the 1970s and the understatement could still be heard muttered in sailors' bars. This personal, collision-filled tale sails from Cape Cod to the Chesapeake Bay on the wry sea stories of a survivor of the Coast Guard vessel, Cuyahoga. His encounters include fishermen, merchant mariners, oceanographers and bouncers making a living on and around the sea and the Coasties who are there to protect them or die trying.
After the Vietnam War, a shrinking budget and expanded responsibilities put the Coast Guard on a collision course with disaster. The catastrophic sinking of the Cuyahoga and the USCG Blackthorn forever changed the direction of the Guard. This is a tale of heroism, mistakes and history you won't find on the official Coast Guard website and the brave men and women who live by the creed, "You have to go out, but you don't have to come back." Purchase a limited edition of the book here