The Wreck of the Mary Deare by Hammond Innes
(A Story of the Sea) (A Story of the Sea)

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The Mary Deare was a 6000-tonne freighter which for forty years had tramped the seas, surviving two shipwrecks and three torpedo attacks. When the crew disappear after a night of severe gales, John Sands is sent in to find out what happened.
 

About Hammond Innes

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Author Ralph Hammond Innes was born in Horsham, England on July 15, 1914. He attended Cranbrook School in Kent, but left in 1931 to work as a journalist. He published his first novel, The Doppelganger, in 1937. During World War II, he served in the Royal Artillery and published a number of books. In 1946, he became a full-time writer and wrote over thirty novels, children's books, and travel books throughout his career. He published children's books under the pseudonym Ralph Hammond until 1953. Four of his novels were made into films. He was awarded a C.B.E. (Commander, Order of the British Empire) in 1978 and received the Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement award in 1993. He died on June 10, 1998 and left a bulk of his estate to the Assoication of Sea Training Organisations.
 
Published January 1, 1956 by Alfred A. Knopf. 240 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Self Help, Crime, Horror. Fiction

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During a channel crossing John Sands boards what appears to be a phantom ship and is stranded aboard with her only survivor, Patch, who is uncommunicative about the Mary Deare's past.

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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....

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