The Ship and the Storm by Jim Carrier
Hurricane Mitch and the Loss of the Fantome

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In October 1998, one of the most savage storms in Atlantic history cornered a 282-foot passenger sailing ship against an exposed Caribbean coastline. With nowhere to hide and no time to run, Fantome turned to face Hurricane Mitch’s assault of 180 mile-per-hour winds and 50-foot seas. As the eye of the storm approached, Fantome’s satellite phone went dead. The ship and its 31 crewmembers simply disappeared, leaving only questions that won’t go away. The Ship and the Storm explores every facet of this tragic story. Was the ship seaworthy? Why did the captain put to sea with the storm approaching? What happened in the eye wall of the worst hurricane in 200 years? This riveting real-life drama is forensic journalism at its finest, taking us from the deck of the ship, to cruise company headquarters in Miami, to the National Hurricane Center. From Jim Carrier’s extensive on-site research and hundreds of hours of interviews emerges a story of hubris, courage, and the power of nature.


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Jim Carrier is an award-winning journalist and author of seven books. He has written for National Geographic, SAIL, and the New York Times. After 20 years as a radio newscaster, Associated Press correspondent and newspaper editor, and 13 years as the Denver Post's "Rocky Mountain Ranger," he bought a 35-foot sailboat and moved aboard. A survivor of six hurricanes, including Luis, Marilyn, Georges, and Mitch, he has docked his yawl temporarily in Montgomery, Alabama.
Published October 30, 2000 by International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press. 336 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction

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Based on extensive interviews and on-site research, this well-executed, emotionally fraught disaster narrative examines the fates of several luckless groups--Honduras' beleaguered citizenry, the doomed crew of the steel-hulled schooner Fantome, and the ship's all-too-human corporate masters, Wind...

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