The Gathering Wind: Hurricane Sandy, the Sailing Ship Bounty, and a Courageous Rescue at Sea

The Gathering Wind: Hurricane Sandy, the Sailing Ship Bounty, and a Courageous Rescue at Sea

by Gregory A. Freeman


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October 2012. A replica of the famous HMS Bounty, an eighteenth-century tall sailing ship, set a collision course with a storm that became the largest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic—a clash that proved to be one of the most unforgettable stories of Superstorm Sandy.

The Bounty, crewed by an eclectic team of seafarers and led by highly respected captain Robin Walbridge, departed from Connecticut as Sandy raced north. Walbridge, whose decisions decided the fate of his ship and crew, attempted to outmaneuver the storm by heading southeast. As violent gusts tossed the wooden vessel, the crew fought to save their ship—and themselves. When the storm finally overtook the ship, the crew was tossed into the churning sea.

The men and women of a Coast Guard station in North Carolina courageously flew into hundred-mile-per-hour winds to rescue the survivors of the Bounty. After hours of white-knuckle flying, they accomplished one of their most memorable rescues ever. 

Based on interviews with Bounty survivors and unfettered access to Coast Guard rescue team members, The Gathering Wind is the most complete account of this heartbreaking, thrilling, and inspirational story.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451465771
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 537,846
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gregory A. Freeman is an award-winning writer and a leader in the field of narrative nonfiction. Known for books that make a true story read like a gripping, fast-paced novel, his previous works include The Forgotten 500, Sailors to the End, Troubled Water, and The Last Mission of the Wham Bam Boys. He lives in the Atlanta area.

Table of Contents

Principal Characters xiii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Survivors 3

Chapter 2 Tall Ships 10

Chapter 3 Future Captains of America 22

Chapter 4 Black Sheep 32

Chapter 5 More Than Worried 40

Chapter 6 A New Life 51

Chapter 7 Innocence 60

Chapter 8 Superstorm 73

Chapter 9 A Westerly Turn 82

Chapter 10 Danger Tomorrow 99

Chapter 11 Graveyard of the Atlantic 110

Chapter 12 Kind of Surreal 120

Chapter 13 Don't Lose Me 126

Chapter 14 Black Velvet Curtains 129

Chapter 15 We're Still Here 137

Chapter 16 Fighting for Dawn 144

Chapter 17 A Last Lesson 150

Chapter 18 We See You 161

Chapter 19 I Promised 168

Chapter 20 Off the Radar 177

Chapter 21 Eerie 183

Chapter 22 Where's everybody else? 188

Chapter 23 Rescues 195

Chapter 24 We're Missing Three 201

Chapter 25 We Can't Leave 206

Chapter 26 A Long Ride 213

Chapter 27 Hope 215

Chapter 28 I'm So Sorry 222

Chapter 29 Blue Ribbon and a Reef Knot 227

Chapter 30 Investigation 235

Chapter 31 Revelations 245

Chapter 32 Never Cross the T 250

Chapter 33 Recklessly Cavalier 262

Epilogue 271

Acknowledgments 277

Notes 279

Bibliography 285

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“Told in riveting detail for the first time, The Forgotten 500 is a tale of unsung heroes who went above and beyond.”—James Bradley, New York Times Bestselling Author of Flags of Our Fathers

“Reads like a fast-paced novel.”—Malcolm McConnell, New York Times #1 Bestselling Coauthor of American Soldier

“A literary and journalistic achievement of the highest order, a book that illuminates, thrills, and reminds us that heroes sometimes do live among us. It will take your breath away.”—Gregg Olsen, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Deep Dark

“Evoking the rescuees’ successive desperation, wild hope, and joy, and their gratitude to the Serbians who risked their lives to help, Freeman produces a breathtaking popular account.”—Booklist

“An exciting, powerful story of escape and rescue. It has been buried for too long.”—Tony Koltz, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Battle for Peace

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The Gathering Wind: Hurricane Sandy, the Sailing Ship Bounty, and a Courageous Rescue at Sea 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting story. I didn't remember anything about Sandy other than it damaging NJ and NY. The book is well written and was hard to put down. There are two obvious typos, but they didn't take away from the story.