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A Long, Dangerous Coastline

Shipwreck Tales from Alaska to California

by Anthony Dalton

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On September 8, 1923, seven US Navy destroyers rammed into jagged rocks on the California coast. Twenty-three sailors died that night. Five years earlier, the Canadian Pacific passenger ship Princess Sophia steamed into Vanderbilt Reef in Alaska’s Lynn Canal. When she sank, she took 353 people to their deaths. From San Francisco’s fog-bound Golden Gate to the stormy Inside Passage of British Columbia and Alaska, the magnificent west coast of North America has taken a deadly toll. Here are the dramatic tales of ships that met their ends on this treacherous coastline—including Princess Sophia, Benevolence, Queen of the North and others.

About the Author

Anthony Dalton is the author of numerous books on maritime history including The Graveyard of the Pacific, The Fur-Trade Fleet, Alone against the Arctic, and Sir John Franklin. He is a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and is past-president of the Canadian Authors Association. He lives in Tsawwassen, British Columbia.

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A Long, Dangerous Coastline: Shipwreck Tales From Alaska to California

This title in the Amazing Stories series describes the tragic fates of 14 vessels lost in the waters of North America's west coast between 1853 and 2006. The stricken vessels included side-wheel steamers, hospital ships, windjammers, USN destroyers and the BC Ferries car ferry Queen of the North. In most cases, the cause of the sinking was human error, faulty navigation and reckless sailing. Some of the disasters involved horrendous loss of life. When the Princess Sophia went down in 1918 in Alaskan waters, 353 people perished. Each catastrophe is concisely but evocatively described. Vintage photographs capture the flavor—and sometimes the terror—of those terrible incidents.

Dalton also wrote The FurTrade Fleet and The Graveyard of the Pacific.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2011-2012.

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