The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue

Author(s): Michael J. Tougias

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This adaptation for young readers of The Finest Hours: The True Story of the US Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue tells the story of the shipwreck of two oil tankers and the harrowing Coast Guard rescue when four men in a tiny lifeboat overcame insurmountable odds and saved more than 30 stranded sailors. Soon to be a major motion picture!


On the night of February 18, 1952, during one of the worst winter storms that New England has ever seen, two oil tankers just off the shore of Cape Cod were torn in half. With the storm in full force and waves up to 70 feet high, four coast guardsmen headed out to sea in a tiny lifeboat to come to the rescue. They were the only hope for the stranded sailors. Despite incredible obstacles, these brave men risked their lives, remembering the unofficial Coast Guard motto: You have to go out, but you do not have to come back.


This is a fast-paced, uplifting story that puts young readers in the middle of the action. It's a gripping true tale of heroism and survival in the face of the elements.

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Michael J. Tougias is the author of many true rescue stories, including "A Storm Too Soon," "Overboard!," "Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster at Sea," and "Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do," which ALA named an Editor's Choice and "Booklist" praised "as the best story of peril at sea since "The Perfect Storm."" A frequent lecturer on his work, Tougias lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Casey Sherman is an award winning journalist and bestselling author of six books including "Animal," "A Rose for Mary," "Bad Blood," "Black Irish," and "Black Dragon." He received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Journalistic Excellence as a member of the CBS Boston news team, and has been nominated for an Emmy Award. A featured guest on major television networks and news programs, Sherman has lectured at The National Press Club and the US Coast Guard Command Center in Washington, D.C. He lives in Marshfield, Massachusetts.

General Fields

  • : 9781250044235
  • : St. Martin's Press
  • : St Martin's Press
  • : December 2015
  • : 193mm X 132mm X 15mm
  • : United States
  • : December 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michael J. Tougias
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : 1
  • : en
  • : 910.916346
  • : 208
  • : illustrations