The sinking of the Titanic is an event familiar to most of us, but it is only one of many disasters that have taken place at sea or on lakes. These books from Wolfner's collection document some of these disasters.
A Brave Vessel: The True Tale of the Castaways Who Rescued Jamestown and Inspired Shakespeare's The Tempest by Hobson Woodward
Read by Jon Huffman. Reading time 10 hours 45 minutes.
Reconstructs the 1609 shipwreck of a Jamestown-bound ship in Bermuda. Recounts the experiences of passenger William Strachey, a fledgling poet, who described the voyage, the ship's mutiny, and his eventual arrival in Virginia in a letter that allegedly found its way to Shakespeare. 2009.
Download A Brave Vessel, DB71545
Burning Cold: The Cruise Ship Prinsendam and the Greatest Sea Rescue of All Time by H. Paul Jeffers
Read by Bob Moore. Reading time 8 hours 24 minutes.
Journalist describes the dramatic 1980 rescue of a Dutch cruise ship that caught fire near Alaska. After spending up to sixteen hours in lifeboats, all of the more than five hundred staff and passengers--many of whom were elderly--were saved by the coast guard, air force, and nearby tankers. 2006.
Download Burning Cold, DB70137
Great Lakes Shipwrecks and Survivals by William Ratigan
Read by Randy Atcher. Reading time 13 hours 10 minutes.
History of maritime disasters on each of the North American inland seas: Lakes Michigan, Huron, Erie, Superior, and Ontario. Describes how vessels and their crews functioned during catastrophic storms. A separate section details the November 1975 wreck of the cargo ship Edmund Fitzgerald. 1977.
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In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick.
Read by Brian Conn. Reading time 11 hours 2 minutes.
Relying mainly on the cabin boy's journal discovered in 1960, the author recounts the disastrous 1819 voyage of the whaling ship Essex. He describes the attack of an 85-foot bull sperm whale, and the ensuing starvation, dehydration, and cannibalism that befell the shipwrecked survivors.
Download In the Heart of the Sea, DB50271
Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World by Joan Druett
Read by Ted Stoddard. Reading time 8 hours 39 minutes.
Award-winning maritime historian recreates the disparate experiences of the crews of two vessels that shipwrecked in the Auckland Islands in 1864. Describes how Captain Thomas Musgrave and the men of Grafton banded together to survive, while the crew of Invercauld succumbed to conflict and starvation. 2007.
Download Island of the Lost, DB66506
A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca; the Extraordinary Tale of a Shipwrecked Spaniard Who Walked across America in the Sixteenth Century by Andres Resendez
Read by Suzanne Toren. Reading time 10 hours 49 minutes.
Historian profiles Alvar Nu?ez Cabeza de Vaca, who, with three others, survived a failed 1528 Spanish expedition to Florida. Describes the group's harrowing passage across the Gulf of Mexico, years of captivity in what later became Texas, and trek through the wilderness to the Pacific coast. Violence. 2007.
Download A Land so Strange, DB68086
Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Michael Schumacher
Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time 8 hours 36 minutes.
Examines the mysterious sinking of the largest freighter on the Great Lakes during a storm in November 1975, when the twenty-nine-member crew died without sending a distress signal. Chronicles the history of the Fitz from its launch in 1958 to the designation of the shipwreck as a grave site. 2005.
Download Mighty Fitz, DB62656
The Poseidon Adventure by Paul Gallico
Read by Michael Scherer. Reading time 11 hours 34 minutes.
The SS Poseidon, a giant ocean liner-turned-cruise ship, capsizes when caught by a tidal wave. The few remaining survivors struggle to remain alive until rescuers arrive. Some strong language. 1969.
Download The Poseidon Adventure, DB57051
Terror on the Seas: True Tales of Modern-Day Pirates by Daniel Sekulich
Read by Steven Carpenter. Reading time 8 hours 41 minutes.
Award-winning journalist investigates high-seas piracy, incidents of which occurs on a near-daily basis worldwide and can involve detention, robbery, and violence. Interviews professional mariners, victims, and even perpetrators themselves to uncover the inner workings of criminal enterprises and gauge international economic and security threats in the early twenty-first century. 2009.
Download Terror on the Seas, DB69490
A Time to Die: The Untold Story of the Kursk Tragedy by Robert Moore.
Read by Butch Hoover. Reading time 9 hours 26 minutes.
British television correspondent recreates the sinking of a Russian nuclear submarine in the Arctic Circle on August 12, 2000, and the disastrous subsequent rescue efforts. Analyzes the failure of Vladimir Putin's government to enlist timely outside help.
Download A Time to Die, DB57027
When the Dancing Stopped: The Real Story of the Morro Castle Disaster and Its Deadly Wake
Hicks, Brian. Read by J.P. Linton. Reading time 13 hours 53 minutes.
The author of Raising the Hunley (RC 54755) uses files from the National Archives--including those from the FBI and Coast Guard--to investigate the September 8, 1934, fire aboard the luxury cruise ship Morro Castle in the midst of a storm off the New Jersey coast. 2006.
Download When the Dancing Stopped, DB72428