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Author Name:    BURTON, Hal

Title:   Morro Castle: Tragedy at Sea

Publisher:    Viking Press, New York, 1973, ISBN:0670489603 

Seller ID:   76058

BURTON, Hal. The Morro Castle: Tragedy at Sea. New York: Viking Press, (1973). First US printing. Pp. [i]-ix,(1),[1]-182. Illustrated with 8 pages of plates. 8vo, black cloth with yellow and white lettering to spine. "It was September 1934. The pinch of the depression was just starting to be felt, and to escape the gloom more than three hundred people signed up for a "whoopee cruise" from New York to Cuba aboard the Ward Line's luxurious Morro Castle, reputed to be "one of the safest ships afloat." On the last night of the cruise, tragedy struck. A storm of hurricane strength had been buildingup all day, preoccupying the crew. That evening the captain died of a sudd en heart attack. Then, with the ship only twenty miles from the entrance toNew York Harbor, a fire of undetermined and suspicious origin broke out in a locker room amidships, and within minutes the Morro Castle was a floatin g torch... Author Hal Burton, who as a young reporter covered the story forthe New York Daily News, has gathered eyewitness reports from living survi vors, records from Ward Line logs, and testimony given at hearings that followed the fire to write a compelling and devastating account, complete withheroes and villains, of one of the great maritime disasters in American hi story." -from the dj. Very good in nicked, unclipped dust jacket. 45.00

Price = 45.00 CDN
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