Dark Noon: The Final Voyage of the Fishing Boat Pelican
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The dock the arriving anglers swarmed over had been named, without a trace of self-consciousness, Fishangri-la, and the waiting fishing boat captains could see no obstacle to a record weekend. It’s also a journey back to the America of the early 1950s, when a laborer could buy a round-trip train ticket from Queens to Montauk and fish all day with Captain Eddie for $8.00. He didn’t know that an unpredicted storm would descend from a cloudless sky before the morning was over. In Dark Noon the end comes in a violent storm. In America, in 1951, it was easy to believe that anyone could make money and enjoy the good life, and no place suited that mood better than a fishing town. And it's a story of the end of an era, when one terrible disaster changed the fishing culture of a prosperous port forever. Dark Noon is a taut and suspenseful re-creation of a fateful day at sea. It is also a story of the postwar American dream as experienced in the fishing village of M
Tom Clavin is editor of the East Hampton Independent and the South Hampton Independent and a former chief environmental correspondent for the New York Times.
"Tragic and Harrowing" according to Allen F. Richardson. In this season of great storms, and with the first anniversary of the Asian tsunami approaching, we have repeatedly been reminded of both our mortality and vulnerability in the face of nature's sometimes unpredictable, and certainly uncontrollable, wrath. In that vein, noted journalist and author Tom Clavin has written a book t. "A Bad Day at Sea" according to John Matlock. Going up in the air, or out to sea (or building your city below sea level like New Orleans) means that once in a while nature takes offense and smites these people with something nasty. On Labor Day in 1951 the charter fishing boat Pelican faced a ferocious storm that blew in without warning. Overloaded with 62 passengers when . Author Michael Tougias Michael Tougias Tom Clavin has done a fine job with a riveting narrative of the events before, during and after the accident with the Pelican. It must have been incredibly difficult to research this tragedy which took place in 1951, but the author brings it to life in a very readable and informative style.When I was writing Ten Hours Until Daw
The Pelican and forty-five people aboard, including Captain Carroll himself, would never return to shore. But Eddie’s luck was about to run out. Tom Clavin was editor of the East Hampton Independent and the Southampton Independent, two of the country’s most award-winning weeklies, for ten years. Saturday, Labor Day weekend, 1951, dawned mild and cloudless over Montauk. The weather only confirmed the postwar optimism of the blue-collar workers who had thronged to this fishing village for a holid