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Author Name:    KOCH, Tom

Title:   Wreck of the William Brown

Publisher:    International Marine/McGraw Hill, Camden, Maine, 2004, ISBN:0071456317 

Seller ID:   75723

KOCH, Tom. The Wreck of the William Brown: A True Tale of Overcrowded Lifeboats and Murder at Sea. Camden, Maine: International Marine/McGraw-Hill, (2004). Pp (i)-ix,[1],1-213,[3]. Illustrated. 8vo, illustrated card covers. "Seventy-one years before the loss of the Titanic, another ship sank in almost the same spot after striking an iceberg at maximum speed. Three-quartersof the 65 passengers - poor, mostly Irish emigrants - were lost, including at least fourteen who were thrown overboard from a lifeboat to lighten it. Not a single sailor died. When the tragedy of the William Brown threatened to expose the dangers of the profitable passenger trade, a collection of p oliticians, lawyers, and reporters on both sides of the Atlantic conspired to indict the only seaman who was a hero of the disaster. The trial gave rise to the concept of "lifeboat ethics": how to decide who gets saved when resources are limited." -from the rear cover. Line in black marker to bottomedge, else vg. 10.00


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