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Lifeboat

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The fire extinguisher; the airline safety card; the lifeboat. Until September 11, 2001, most Americans paid homage to these appurtenances of disaster with a sidelong glance, if at all. But John Stilgoe has been thinking about lifeboats ever since he listened with his father as the kitchen radio announced that the liner Lakonia had caught fire and sunk in the Atlantic. It was Christmas 1963, and airline travel and Cold War paranoia had made the images of an ocean liner's distress--the air force dropping supplies in the dark, a freighter collecting survivors from lifeboats--seem like echoes of a bygone era. But Stilgoe, already a passionate reader and an aficionado of small-boat navigation, began to delve into accounts of other disasters at sea. What he found was a trunkful of hair-raising stories--of shipwreck, salvation, seamanship brilliant and inept, noble sacrifice, insanity, cannibalism, courage and cravenness, even scandal. In nonfiction accounts and in the works of Conrad, Melville, and Tomlinson, fear and survival animate and degrade human nature, in the microcosm of an open boat as in society at large. How lifeboats are made, rigged, and captained, Stilgoe discovered, and how accounts of their use or misuse are put down, says much about the culture and circumstances from which they are launched. In the hands of a skill-ful historian such as Stilgoe, the lifeboat becomes a symbol of human optimism, of engineering ingenuity, of bureaucratic regulation, of fear and frailty. Woven through Lifeboat are good old-fashioned yarns, thrilling tales of adventure that will quicken the pulse of readers who have enjoyed the novels of Patrick O'Brian, Crabwalk by Gunter Crass, or works ofnonfiction such as The Perfect Storm and In the Heart of the Sea. But Stilgoe, whose other works have plumbed suburban culture, locomotives, and the shore, is ultimately after bigger fish. Through the humble, much-ignored lifeboat, its design and navigation and the stories of i

Book News Annotation:

No one loves lifeboats, says Stilgoe (history of landscape, Harvard U.), or studies them. He tells 11 stories of lifeboats though the centuries and their use mostly to save people from sinking ships, but also in a surprising variety of roles.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 299-311) and index.

Table of Contents

Missing — Crumbs — Bligh — Boats — Board of trade — Davit — Waterborne — Passage — Baggage — Bones — Transformation.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813922218
Author:
Stilgoe, John
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Author:
Stilgoe, John R.
Location:
Charlottesville Va.
Subject:
Ships & Shipbuilding - Shipwrecks
Subject:
Maritime History
Subject:
Shipwrecks
Subject:
Ships & Shipbuilding - History
Subject:
Life-boats
Subject:
Nautical-Ships and Ship History
Copyright:
Series Volume:
IMS-20
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.84x7.18x1.28 in. 1.82 lbs.

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