The Wreck of the William Brown: A True Tale of Overcrowded Lifeboats and Murder at Sea

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9780071456319: The Wreck of the William Brown: A True Tale of Overcrowded Lifeboats and Murder at Sea

A maritime disaster that shocked the world.

Seventy-one years before the loss of the Titanic, another ship sank in almost the same spot after striking an iceberg at maximum speed. Three-quarters of the passengers—poor, mostly Irish emigrants—were lost, including at least fourteen who were thrown from a lifeboat to lighten it. Not a single sailor died.

When the tragedy of the William Brown threatened to expose the dangers of the profitable emigrant passenger trade, a collection of politicians, lawyers, and reporters on both sides of the Atlantic conspired to indict the only seaman who was a hero of the disaster. The trial gave rise to the concept of "lifeboat ethics": how to decide who gets saved when resources are limited.

"A fascinating read."—Chesapeake Bay Magazine

"A gripping tale of the sea. . . . You should make a place for this one on your bookshelf, nautical or otherwise."—Burgee

"More than a horrifying tale . . . also a penetrating examination of the causes."—Denis Wood, author, The Power of Maps

"Tom Koch's re-creation of a notorious 19th-century case of shipwreck and murder on the high seas makes absorbing reading."—Michael Phillips, maritime historian, Plymouth (England) Naval Base Museum

"Gripping tale of a 19th-century shipwreck that should have been, but wasn't, a catalyst for major shipping reform."—Quill & Quire

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Tom Koch has worked or written for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, United Press International, Newsday, and the Toronto Globe & Mail.

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