April 22nd, 2018 - 2:00 pm
NY Times bestselling Author Michael Tougias at Fort Miles
NY Times bestselling Author Michael Tougias will appear at Cape Henlopen State Park’s Fort Miles at 2 p.m. He will give a two part multi-media presentation. The first part covers his new book "U-Boats So Close To Home: A True Story of an American Family’s Fight for Survival During WWII". The second part of the program features his bestseller "The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue". The Disney Corporation has made a movie based on the book, starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. The program is suitable for all ages.
For The Finest Hours, Tougias will use slides of the storm, the sinking oil tankers, the rescues, the victims, the survivors and the heroes to tell the story of this historic event which took place in February of 1952. He will describe the harrowing attempts to rescue the seamen, especially focusing on four young Coast Guardsmen who must overcome insurmountable odds to save the lives of 32 crewmen stranded aboard the stern of the Pendleton. Standing between the men and their mission were towering waves that reached 70 feet, blinding snow, and one of the most dangerous shoals in the world, the dreaded Chatham Bar. The waters along the outer arm of Cape Cod are called “the graveyard of the Atlantic” for good reason, yet this rescue defies all odds.