The wreck of the mary deare book
The Wreck Of The Mary Deare by Hammond InnesThey dismissed the Mary Deare as a piece of leaking ironmongery taken off the junk heap. For forty years, this 6,000-ton freighter had tramped the seas, suffered shipwreck twice, and been torpedoed three times in two world wars. Then one March night, battered, bruised, and empty, she emerged from severe Biscay gales into the English Channel -- and into the newspaper headlines. Here was a ship of mystery and tragedy...in one of the greatest sea stories of all time.
Wreck of the Mary Deare
The wreck of the Mary Deare
After that I was conscious all the time of the dinghy behind us. I can see it still, like a deadly water-beetle crawling after us across the sea, everlastingly following us through an unreal miasma of fog; and I can hear the creak of the rowlocks, the dip and splash of the oars. And I can see Patch, too, his set face leaning towards me and then pulling back, endlessly moving back and forth as he tugged at the oars, tugged till his teeth were clenched with the pain of his blistered hands, until the blisters broke and the blood dripped on the oars — hour after wretched hour. This is a really gripping and exciting adventure story. A few hours later, in daylight, they spot it becalmed west of the Channel Islands. Coming closer they see the lifeboats have all been launched, their ropes trailing down the sides into the sea.
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Thank you! Now Literary Guild selection, this report is repeated from the May 15th bulletin as follows: ""A new adventure story again offers some excellent excitement and the sea this time is an implacable opponent and the final repository of the many dark deeds which led to the wreck of the Mary Deare. John Sands boards what appears to be a phantom ship in the middle of a channel crossing, is stranded on what is at best a floating scrap-heap with her only survivor, the truculent Patch, who cannot save her as she is washed up on the rocks. The death of her captain, the desertion of her crew, the nature of her cargo, and the dubious traffic of her owners behind the Bamboo Curtain leave many unanswered questions- not only to Sands as Patch proves uncommunicative- but to the court when a formal enquiry is launched. Sands goes along with Patch, on faith, and it is finally on a dangerous run out to the Mary Deare that Patch is able to redeem his record and return his debt to Sands A stormy tale of damaged men and a desperate enterprise which will justify and satisfy his following and attract the newer audience of those who enjoyed Sea-Wyf.