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LAPP, Ralph E. The Voyage of the Lucky Dragon [dustjacket adds: An Extraordinary Sea Story, a Narrative of the Japanese Fishing Boat whose Crew were the First Victims of the Super Bomb]. New York: Harper and Brothers Publishers, (1958). First Edition. Pp (10),1-307,(3). 8vo, black cloth spine with gilt lettering, dark grey boards, Japanese characters in red to front board and spine. Map end-papers. "Twenty-three fishermen set out from the port ofYaizu, Japan, in a wooden, 100-ton tuna trawler named the Daigo Fukuryu Ma ru—The Lucky Dragon No. 5. They hoped to come back to port with a good catch of tuna and profit from the high prices which fresh fish bring in March, a festive time in Japan. On March 1, 1954, they "threw the lines" in a lastattempt to catch the tuna before returning to port. At 3:50 in the morning most of them had gone to their "silkworm beds" but crewman Suzuki could no t sleep. He stood on the stern looking at the sky. Suddenly the heavens flooded with blazing light. Suzuki stared in amazement at the gaudy spectacle of a multicolored ball of fire rising from the horizon. Then he raced down to the after cabin and blurted out, "The sun rises in the west!" Minutes later the thunder of an ocean-shaking blast seemed to explode through the ship. No one on board was hurt, but the simple fishermen were terrified. Before the lines were hauled in, the skies became misty with a strange whitish ash which swirled down upon the decKs and upon the men themselves. Then the Lucky Dragon turned north and headed back to Yaizu. The men did not know that they had been dusted wth fragments of the first superbomb, exploded by the United States on a tiny island in the Bikini Atoll. The Voyage of the Lucky Dragon is the story of what happened to the crew, their arrival in Yaizu, the breaking of the news story, the panic which swept Japan, the long hospitalization of the fishermen, and the dramatic details of the death of the Lucky Dragon's radioman. The author accumulated material on the Lucky Dragon story for three years prior to visiting Japan and getting firsthand accounts of their experiences from the crew. With his wife, he visited Mrs. Kuboyama, widow of the radioman, four times, and he reports the deeply touching episodes in their lives. Although Ralph Lapps researches into the Lucky Dragon story led in time to our present knowledge of radioactive fall-out, this is not a technological treatise. It is the moving chronicle of a tiny ship and her simple crew, on whom catastrophe broke from the skies—with effects that may yet determine the future of mankind." (from the dj). Very good in lightly rubbed, nicked, unclipped dustjacket with a few closed tears. 50.00
Title: Voyage of the Lucky Dragon : An Extraordinary Sea Story, a Narrative of theJapanese Fishing Boat whose Crew were the First Victims of the Super Bomb. First Edition in dustjacket.
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