Tall Ships Down

  • by Daniel S. Parrott
  • Narrated by Chris Ryan
  • 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For all its romance, the tall-ship renaissance has a tragic side. Working from official documents, survivor and expert interviews, and his own tall-ship experience, Parrott re-creates the losses of five sail-training vessels: the 316-foot Pamir (1957), 117-foot Albatross (1961), 117-foot Marques (1984), 137-foot Pride of Baltimore (1986), and 125-foot Maria Asumpta (1995). He vividly re-creates each final voyage and then explores the roles played by ship stability, structural integrity, weather, human error, and standards of risk in tragedies at sea.


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Wonderful Stories of Tall Ship Accidents

The first and most important thing I must say is that at the time of my purchase in July, 2016 the book is listed as "unabridged" but I can say with 100% certainty that it is abridged. I also own the printed version and was going back and forth between the audiobook and printed book when I realized that some content was missing.
Having said that, I would HIGHLY recommend this book either in printed or audio form.

If you are interested in sailing, then this book is for you. It gives a detailed history of 5 tall ships that met untimely demises due to accidents. The author gives the history of the vessels, the historical background and context as it relates to the ship, and descriptions of the accidents and how they could have been prevented.
These are all contemporary stories of accidents post 1960 or so, not of ships that sank in the 1700's. He is able to provide a great deal of information about the ships due to moderns documents and accounts.

Not only will the book be very interesting for anyone remotely interested in the topic, I also believe that sailors and sailing vessel owners have some good lessons to learn from the descriptions of the accidents.

Narrator was great and was a very good fit for this book.
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- Striker "If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!"


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I only bought this book because i had noticed that Chris Ryan was the narrator. I havent heard him narrate a book in a long while and was very excited to hear he is still alive, as he is my favorite narrator =D Great Job Mr. Ryan keep up the outstanding work!!!!

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-12-2012
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education