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Storms, Shipwrecks, & Survivors
A Belvedere-Tiburon Library Subject Guide


After the Storm: True Stories of Disaster and Recovery at Sea
by John Rousmaniere
Detailed accounts of sea disasters from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
910.452 Rousmaniere 2002

Fatal Storm: The Inside Story of the Tragic Sydney-Hobart Race
by Rob Mundle
A freak storm strikes during a 630-mile sailing race from Sydney, Australia to Hobart, Tasmania.
797.14 Mundle 1999

Halsey's Typhoon
by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
In 1944, the U.S. Pacific Fleet was hit by a vicious typhoon, damaging dozens of ships and capsizing three.
940.545 Drury 2007

The Perfect Storm
by Sebastian Junger
The true story of the final voyage of the fishing trawler Andrea Gail. The film version is available in our DVD collection.
974.4 Junger 1998


The Custom of the Sea: A Shocking True Tale of Shipwreck, Murder, and the Last Taboo
by Neil Hanson
A four-man crew struggles to survive after their boat sinks off the coast of West Africa in 1884.
910.452 Hanson 1999

A Furnace Afloat: the Wreck of the Hornet and Harrowing 4,300-mile Voyage of its Survivors
by Joe Jackson
The story of the American clipper ship Hornet which went down in flames in the South Pacific, casting its crew adrift for forty-three days on the open ocean.
910.9164 Jackson 2003

Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea
by Tami Oldham Ashcraft
The yacht piloted by the author and her fiancé is struck by a hurricane while crossing the Pacific.
910.9164 Ashcraft 2000

The Story of a Ship-Wrecked Sailor
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Garcia recounts the ten-day ordeal of Luis Alejandro Velasco, a sailor swept overboard en route from Mobile, Alabama to Cartagena, Columbia.
910.09 Garcia-Marquez 1970

Survive the Savage Sea
by Dougal Robertson
Robertson and his family survive for thirty-seven days after their schooner is attacked and sunk by killer whales.
910.45 Robertson 1994

Unbroken : a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand
On May afternoon in 1943, Lt. Louis Zamperini's bomber crashes into the Pacific. Unbroken is Louie's story of survival at sea and in Japanese prison camps.
Bio Zamperini

updated 5/12/2011