Of Sinkings and Shipwrecks: Historical High Seas Disaster Stories

Shelf RenewalIn Erik Larson’s latest bestseller, Dead Wake, he tells the twisting and terrifying tale of the sinking of the British ocean liner Lusitania in 1915. From the intense fight for survival to the intricate logistics of salvage, these stories of high stakes on the high seas also make for gripping reading.

Dark Light, by Randy Wayne White

Dead Wake The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk, by Jennifer Niven

In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors, by Doug Stanton

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, by Nathaniel Philbrick

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeanette, by Hampton Sides

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men against the Sea, by Sebastian Junger

Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea, by Gary Kinder

Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe

Shadow Divers: The True Adventures of Two Americans Who Discovered Hitler’s Lost Sub, by Robert Kurson

Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea, by Frank Delaney

The Terror, by Dan Simmons

Valhalla Rising, by Clive Cussler



About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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  1. beckys91@gmail.com' Becky Sims says:

    The Grey Seas Under: The Perilous Rescue Mission of a North Atlantic Salvage Tug, by Farley Mowat.

    One of the great sea story books, this is a true account of the “Foundation Franklin” by master storyteller Farley Mowat, about two decades in the life of a deep sea rescue tugboat – much of it in the worst weather of the North Atlantic.

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