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After the Storm: True Stories of Disaster and Recovery at Sea

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An exploration of loss and survival by one of America's finest nautical writers

"After the Storm "is John Rousmaniere's most ambitious work ever, the unique expression of a master storyteller and authority on seamanship who has survived storms at sea. Each of the book's stories of seafaring disaster--many little known, all exciting and of deep human interest--presents a bro
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 17th 2002 by International Marine Publishing
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Mar 19, 2016 Karyl rated it really liked it
It wasn't long ago that I read Fastnet, Force 10: The Deadliest Storm in the History of Modern Sailing by the same author, so I figured I'd read this one too. While Fastnet, Force 10 is about one terrible storm off the coast of Britain that devastated a sailing race, this book deals with sea disasters throughout the years. Much of the book is chronological, from the death of Percy Bysshe Shelley all the way up to the wreck of the Pollux during World War II. Rousmaniere even speculates what may h ...more
Mar 07, 2014 Karen rated it liked it
Rousmaniere is an experienced sailor and writer about sailing, and this book was quite interesting. He explores some famous (at least in their own time) disasters at sea, tries to figure out what happened—and this is the unusual part—explores the impact the wrecks had on survivors, others who were involved but weren't on the doomed vessel, and the larger society of the time. I didn't give this a 4-star rating because, of necessity given his chosen treatment of these disasters, the depth sometime ...more
May 01, 2012 Monica rated it really liked it
I'd read John Rousmaniere's Fastnet Force 10 and absolutely loved it, so I wanted to read more by him.

For the most part. I suppose I'd give some parts of this book 3 stars and some parts 4. Thought it was eerie that the first essay (I think) dealt with boats floundering in the SF Bay (where I live) and Long Beach Island, NJ (where I'm getting married later this year).

Some chapters stand out more than others. I learned a lot from the chapter wherein he described the difficulty boats and ships ha
Rousmaniere has put together a wide-ranging and well informed selection of narrative and reflection that is as mindful of the religious sense as it is of the awful fury of the sea. It proves as interesting a study of the Storm as it does of the human beings that try themselves against it. Whether by sail or steam, whether gloriously enduring or swiftly undone, whether biblical or contemporary, the personalities here set forth were carefully drawn and compelling. Highly recommended.
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Oct 05, 2012 Artnoose Noose rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in sailing
Recommended to Artnoose by: Monica
This is a series of chapters about famous shipwrecks. Did you know that Shelley died while sailing in a storm? I didn't. Rousmaniere's extensive sailing experience allows him to write about these situations with the right amount of technical terms and insight. He also has empathy for those left behind after a devastating wreck. The idea that fishing towns would expect a certain amount of men and boys to be lost to the sea every year was eye-opening.

Only four stars because sometimes I thought he
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wonderful storytelling.
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John Rousmaniere has sailed in over 35,000 miles of offshore voyaging and racing. He crewed on the 48-foot Toscana in the fateful Fastnet Race of 1979.
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