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Shipwreck: The Strange Fate of the Morro Castle (1972)

by Gordon Thomas, Max Morgan-Witts

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The fate of the cruise ship Morrow Castle, which was lost in 1934, was tragic: The captain died, then the ship caught fire, and many people died because the ship was badly mishandled in its last hours. On this all would agree.

But why did the captain die, and why was the ship mishandled? These are valid and difficult questions which this book attempts to answer. But the results are, at best, puzzling. The book is full of things that sound like conspiracy theories: Someone wanted a shipwreck at Asbury Park to draw tourists. The captain thought someone was out to get him. The ship was smuggling weapons to Cuba.

But -- the Asbury Park suggestion had come fifty years earlier. The captain's actions are presented as paranoid, but the book gives little evidence as to why, and offers no suggestion as to who was out to get him. The weapons-smuggling may have happened, but it wasn't part of anything that happened to the ship. In the end, all the book suggests is that a radio operator set a fire. And its evidence for that contains a lot of Freudian psychology that we know is bunk. The radio operator involved may have been a psychopath -- but I'd need a lot more evidence than this.

Especially since the book has neither footnotes nor index. There is a bibliography, but it doesn't reveal what parts of the book are sourced and what is just conspiracy theory. Frankly, this book feels more like an historical novel than a history.

Having read this book, I am quite interested in learning more about the Morro Castle. But I'll be reading other sources to try to find out what I can trust. ( )
  waltzmn | Jun 1, 2016 |
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In 1884 an editorial in the Daily Spray, a journal circulating in the Asbury Park area of New Jersey, suggested one way for Asbury Park to improve its resort status.
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