Item description for Short Sea Sagas by Harold T. Berc...
Sit back and enjoy an epic voyage through this delightful treasure trove of maritime tales. Here lies the author's unique concept of grouping similar but extraordinary sea experiences under twenty separate titles. His ability to do this comes out of his own extended readings in maritime lore for over fifty years. The reader is able to telescope the unusual tales of over two hundred ships in one handy volume. Mutinies, unimaginable sinkings, mystery ships sailing for years without crews, animal antics, sin at sea, accounts of piracy, wartime disasters and phenomena of the unknown are a few of the subjects recounted in pungent and quick studies. The author provides a whimsical separate chapter of his own World War II naval service aboard the USS Washington at Guadalcanal and aboard the USS Reno, which was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine during the battle of Leyte Gulf. As National Commander of AMVETS, he also describes his personal efforts with President Eisenhower in securing the appropriation necessary to complete the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.12" Width: 5" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.53 lbs.
Release Date Aug 21, 2002
Publisher Athena Press Publishing Co.
ISBN 1930493509 ISBN13 9781930493506
Reviews - What do customers think about Short Sea Sagas?
A Most Pleasant Surprise Dec 22, 2002
I was given this book as a gift. Now to tell the truth, I don't do well with water. Even thinking about ships makes me queasy. After reading this book I am absolutely hooked and fascinated. I want more stories. I wish the author to keep telling me tales. If there is still time for you to get this book as a gift for anyone on your list, I highly recommend it. Anyone would enjoy this read. And, if by chance you know someone with a Navy history or who already loves the sea, this book is a must. I surely hope there is a sequel. Thanks to the author for much enjoyment.
Unusual true stories about ships Oct 30, 2002
I really enjoyed the author's unique stories of similar, but extraordinary sea experiences. The unusual tales of over 200 ships are grouped under 20 separate chapters. There are tales of mystery ships, mutinies, animal antics, piracy, phenomena of the unknown and more in these highly readable short stories. I was given this book by a colleague only to find that I am captivated by a world about which I knew nothing.
Intriguing Accounts of Unusual Ship Voyages Oct 20, 2002
For those fascinated by the Titantic and other tragedies at sea, this book will be a great read. Not only does Berc write in a conversational manner about many such fatal voyages but he also has chapters on other themes such as mutinies, unusual cargos, ships that disappear, and other strange occurances. You don't have to be a naval history buff to enjoy these fasinating stories that happened to ships at sea. It was simply an enjoyable and well-written book for all ages. And, the author's description of his naval background, itself quite interesting, allows us to glimpse the reason for his obvious passion for the topic.