Denzel, A. Good. moderate shelfwear, slight spine lean, po bookplate, good reading copy. Trade paperback (US). 224 p. On the night of September 8, 1923, seven battle-ready U.S. Navy destroyers were wrecked with a loss of twenty-three seamen. In five minutes of nagivational disaster more Navy ships perished than in all World War I. For fifty years, the rugged California coast where the young sailors died was unmarked by the U.S. Navy. One of the world's greatest maritime disasters was pushed into obscurity. Elwyn E. Overshiner's diligent research and documentation from the National Archives and other sources, some revealed for the first time through the Freedom of Information Act, is in sharp contrast to other accounts. The fog-shrouded rocks of Pedernales Point, an earthquake in Japan, a forest fire ashore, another ship's distress calls jamming the airwaves, a solar magnetic storm that deflected compasses, legends that imitate the Bermuda Triangle-all have been invoked in explaining the tragedy. Mr. Overshiner does not whitewash the events of "The Tragedy at Honda", but carefully documents the human decisions that led to the fatal command by Commodore Watson: "Captain, at 2100 hours set our Squadron course on 95 degrees true". Mr. Overshiner's account is a tribute to those young seamen, including his own brother, who perished in the line of duty aboard the doomed ships. It recalls the heroism that a cover-up would have denied, and stands as a reminder of the consequences of human error for those who face the unforviging sea. COURSE 095 TO ETERNITY offers lessons in Naval safety that must be recognized and taught in today's U.S. Navy.
Used-U2-Very Good. First printing, paperback original. Signed by author. The forgotten men of Destroyer Squadron Eleven and their tragic run down the California coast. Rubbing to covers, light shelfwear. Illustrated. 224pp. Binding is SOFTCOVER.
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