Disaster Off Martha's Vineyard: The Sinking of the City of Columbus

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With its rocky coast and treacherous shoals, shipwrecks were a common occurrence in nineteenth-century Massachusetts. Few claimed as many lives as the City of Columbus. The night was clear and the route familiar for Captain Schuyler Wright and his experienced crew as they sailed a ship equipped with the latest technology. Yet with all this, the City of Columbus went down with 103 souls. Over a century later, Eric Takakjian and the Quest Marine Services team located the wreckage of the City of Columbus on the north ledge of the Devil's Bridge, off the southern tip of Gay Head. Historian Thomas Dresser takes us into the icy waters of the Atlantic as he recounts the terrible chain of events that led to disaster on that fateful night.
ISBN: 9781609495107
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Massachusetts
Series: Disaster
Images: 42
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Thomas Dresser's business card reads: writer/bus driver. After a stint as an elementary schoolteacher and two decades as a nursing home administrator, Thomas Dresser decided to write. Besides freelance contributions to the local press, he has self-published booklets on favorite New England haunts. Disaster Off Martha's Vineyard: The Sinking of the City of Columbus is his fourth book with The History Press, following Mystery on the Vineyard, African Americans of Martha's Vineyard and the Wampanoag Tribe of Martha's Vineyard. One earnest fan said, "Mr. Dresser, you have created quite a niche for yourself." For more information visit thomasdresser.com. Tom drives a school bus during the year and a tour bus in season. When Tom attended his thirtieth high school reunion in 1995, he reconnected with a classmate who invited him to visit Martha's Vineyard for a weekend. The rest, as they say, is history. Tom and his wife, Joyce, have been married for fourteen years. Between them, they have five children and seven grandchildren.
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