To those lost at sea keeping the traditions of sail alive.
It might strike some as odd that a person whose life has been so enriched by the rebirth of interest in "tall ships" sould write about five of the worst incidents within living memory involving these vessels.
The sea will always demand respect, but this hopefully will never prevent people from venturing forth to seek what they will from it.
For all its romance, the tall-ship renaissance has a tragic side. Working from official documents, survivor and expert interviews, and his own tall-ship experience, Parrott re-creates the losses of five sail-training vessels: the 316-foot Pamir (1957), 117-foot Albatross (1961), 117-foot Marques (1984), 137-foot Pride of Baltimore (1986), and 125-foot Maria Asumpta (1995). He vividly re-creates each final voyage and then explores the roles played by ship stability, structural integrity, weather, human error, and standards of risk in tragedies at sea.
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