Survive the Savage Sea

by Dougal Robertson

Hardcover, 1973



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Praeger Publishers (1973), Edition: First Edition, 223 pages


In June 1972, the 43-foor schooner Lucette was attacked by killer whales and sank in 60 seconds. What happened next is almost incredible. In an inflatable rubber raft, with a 9 foot fiberglass dinghy to tow it, Dougal Robertson and his family were miles from any shipping lanes. They had emergency rations for only three days and no maps, compass, or instruments of any kind. After their raft sank under them, they crammed themselves into their tiny dinghy. For 37 days--using every technique of survival--they battled against 20-foot waves, marauding sharks, thirst, starvation, and exhaustion, adrift in the vast reaches of the Pacific before their ordeal was ended by a Japanese fishing boat. The Robertsons' strong determination shines through the pages of this extraordinary book which describes movingly their daily hopes and fears, crises and triumphs, tensions and heartbreaks.… (more)

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LibraryThing member kenno82
The amazing story of a family's 38 day survival on the 'savage seas' following a collision with a pod of killer whales. As luck would have it, the author was a qualified merchant seaman and his wife a qualified nurse. The author's account wastes little time on character development, throwing the
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reader almost immediately into the family's predicament. The family's spirit, discipline and ingenuity with little resources is remarkable. Every detail of the family's struggle is evoked with gritty realism.

I don't usually talk about particular editions. However, the 1974 paperback is a wonderful pocketbook size and includes sketches of the boat and wildlife, and photographs from their rescue.
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LibraryThing member drmaf
A rip-snorter. I've read it many times since discovering it as a teenager and still love its immediacy, urgency and unquenchable human spirit. Especially noteworthy is the way the writer does not attempt to hide the inevitable tensions between the adult castaways, including some really
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knock-em-drag-em-out arguments with his wife. These people really were literally on the edge of death every minute of every day of their ordeal and the rawness of their plight is eloquently captured. Fantastic book.
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223 p.


0887600492 / 9780887600494

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