In a gripping, absorbing narrative that highlights one mans outstanding fortitude and sense of duty, acclaimed bestselling author Delaney tells the full story of the S.S. "Flying Enterprise" and its captains unmatched bravery in the face of a violent storm.In a gripping, absorbing narrative that highlights one mans outstanding fortitude and sense of duty, acclaimed bestselling author Delaney tells the full story of the S.S. "Flying Enterprise" and its captains unmatched bravery in the face of a violent storm.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2006-05-15 Crippled by two monstrous waves during a 1951 North Atlantic hurricane, the freighter Flying Enterprise was left wallowing on its side and looking as if it would sink at any minute. The subsequent rescue, in mountainous seas, of 10 passengers and 40 crew by lifeboats from responding ships was indeed harrowingand it's over by page 92 of this overblown maritime-distress yarn. The rest of the book is about the Enterprise's captain, Kurt Carlsen, who insisted on staying aboard to await a tugboat to tow the floundering ship to harbor. Carlsen certainly went beyond the call of duty, but heroism is measured by the stakes involved, which in this case were neither lives nor justice but merely the ship owner's investment. Delaney embellishes the tale with glances at Carlsen's family's anxiety, soggy reminiscences of his own family following the story on the radio and fulsome tributes to the Danish skipper's flinty Nordic resolve (which are rather undercut by the knowledge that Carlsen could have transferred at any time to one of the ships babysitting the hulk). Carlsen's story generated a lot of breathless press hoopla at the time, and it still has the feel of a trumped-up media sensation. Photos not seen by PW. (July 12) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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