During the height of the Blizzard of 1978 the pilot boat Can Do, with five men onboard, set out from Gloucester to assist a lost Coast Guard boat and an oil tanker that was in a Mayday situation. Ten Hours Until Dawn tells the story of what happened on that awful night when the seas were producing monstrous waves of 40 feet and the wind was screaming at 100 miles per hour.Using slides of the boats, the men involved, and photos of the storm, Michael Tougias will take the viewer through this incredible night where many lives hung in the balance. With the aid of maps Tougias lets the audience see the progression and location of these boats off the Massachusetts coast, and explains what happened and why.
About the presenter:
A graduate of St. Michael’s College, Michael Tougias is a lecturer and award-winning author of 20 non-fiction books published by Simon and Schuster. Several of his books focus on true survival stories including The Finest Hours: The 1 Story of The Coast Guard’s Most Daring Rescue (now a major motion picture by Disney), Fatal Forecast, and Overboard! His book, Ten Hours Until Dawn: The 1 Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do in the Blizzard of 78, was selected by the American Library Association as one of the ‘Top Books of the Year’ and described as ‘a white-knuckle read, the best book of its kind.’
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This program is made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities and sponsored by Atkinson Recreation. For more information on New Hampshire Humanities visit www.nhhumanities.org.