Synopses & Reviews
"Her powerful account will remind readers of The Perfect Storm."—Boston Globe
In the predawn darkness of September 5, 1996, the fishing boat Heather Lynne II was run down by a tugboat and 272-foot barge and overturned ten miles off Cape Ann, Massachusetts. A diminishing air pocket kept the boat from sinking and provided the only hope of survival for the three fishermen trapped inside. The shouted pleas and desperate tapping of these men could be heard by would-be rescuers. The Coast Guard was called. This is what happened . . .
"Guaranteed to give the spellbound reader claustrophobia, Dead Men Tapping is a tale of tragedy in the fishing fleet that sizzles with dramatic tension."--Joan Druett, author, In the Wake of Madness: The Murderous Voyage of the Whaleship Sharon
"Yeomans brings the tragic day to life on the page. . . . An intriguing glimpse into the lives of the men and women who are employed in one of America's most dangerous professions."—Publishers Weekly
"Kate Yeomans has done a terrific job in getting her arms around a complicated event. There are clearly lessons to be learned from this tragedy, not only for the U.S. Coast Guard, but for all who go to sea. This is a must-read."--Rear Admiral John Linnon, U.S. Coast Guard (ret.)
"Kate Yeomans lays bare the blood-pumping chaos of a high-seas rescue gone awry. She peels back the layers of truth and reconstructs this horrific event, guiding us to places we never expected to go. This is a unique and tragic story told in a redeeming, heartfelt manner."--Spike Walker, author, Coming Back Alive: The True Story of the Most Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Ever Attempted on Alaska's High Seas
Kate Yeomans is a member of the Newburyport fishing community by work and by marriage. Her award-winning writing has appeared in Boston Magazine, Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Cruising World, SAIL, and others.
On September 5, 1996, the fishing boat Heather Lynne II was run down by a tugboat and barge and overturned. Three fishermen were trapped inside with their air supply diminishing. The Coast Guard was called. Dead Men Tapping opens four years later in a federal courtroom, where the victims' families are suing the U.S. Coast Guard for a rescue gone wrong. As the story unfolds, readers come to know the trapped fishermen, their community, their would-be rescuers, and the crew of the tug and barge--and their stories propel Dead Men Tapping to its heartbreaking conclusion.
The tragic story and courtroom drama surrounding the events of the Heather Lynne II, a fishing boat run down and overturned by a tugboat, trapping three men inside, who perished just before they could be saved.
"A compelling and complex piece of work."
"This powerful account will remind readers of "The Perfect Storm.""
--Rear Admiral John Linnon, U.S. Coast Guard (ret.)
"Deftly written. . . . This is a unique and tragic story told in a redeeming, heartfelt manner."
--Spike Walker, author of "Coming Back Alive"
On September 5, 1996, the fishing boat "Heather Lynne II" was run down by a tugboat and barge and overturned. Three fishermen were trapped inside with their air supply diminishing. The Coast Guard was called. "Dead Men Tapping" opens four years later in a federal courtroom, where the victims' families are suing the U.S. Coast Guard for a rescue gone wrong. As the story unfolds, you come to know the trapped fishermen, their community, their would-be rescuers, and the crew of the tug and barge--and their stories propel "Dead Men Tapping" to its heartbreaking conclusion.
About the Author
Kate Yeomans grew up on the northeast coast of Massachusetts where she lives on the banks of the Merrimack River. She has a degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire (1995) and an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College (1999). She also holds a Coast Guard 100-ton captain’s license (1993). Her photos and award-winning writing have appeared in Boston Magazine, Offshore, National Fisherman, the literary journal Creative Nonfiction, and other magazines. She was an editor at Offshore for four years and the senior editor of National Fisherman. A member of the Newburyport fishing community by birth and marriage, she has worked the decks of fishing vessels and has pursued this story for more than four years. This is her first book. HOMETOWN: Newburyport, MA
Table of Contents
Codseeker May 9, 1877
The Tugboat Mate
Linda E December 11, 1998
The Barge Crew
The Gathered Fleet
The Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator
Barbara and Gail December 19, 1961
The Officer of the Day
The Race Against Time
Northern Voyager November 2, 1997
A Good Samaritan
The Helicopter Pilot
Morning Dew December 29, 1997
The On-Scene Commander
Kavkaz January 30, 1999
The Rescue Divers