Shipwrecks: An Encyclopedia of the World's Worst Disasters at Sea

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Describes the historical background of the most famous shipwrecks around the world.

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In this large volume Ritchie (UFO: The Definitive Guide to Unidentified Flying Objects and Related Phenomena, LJ 1/95) lists several hundred shipwrecks alphabetically by ship name; vessels named after people are in last name order. The greatest number of wrecks he includes date from the middle 1800s to the 1940s. Specifically excluded are ships sunk during combat. Some wrecks are given page-long coverage and contain many colorful anecdotes. Other entries offer only the bare essentials of when, where, and how the ship sank. Ritchie gives good, balanced accounts of such controversial wrecks as the Mary Celeste, SS Waratah, Lusitania, and Titanic. He presents all sides and tries to tell as accurate a story as current theories allow. He also includes a chronology of shipwrecks and a brief bibliography. While no work could list all shipwrecks, his reference would be a nice addition for public library reference collections.
John Kenny, San Francisco P.L.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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