LAKONIA.

By: Bond, Geoffrey.

Price: $50.00 USD

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good


200 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w photographs, frontispiece. "During the evening of 19 December 1963 the twin-screw Motor Ship 'Lakonia' slid through the grey waters of the Solent, bound for sunshine and warmer seas. Her hull and superstructure gleamed like 'a newly iced Christmas cake, for she had been recently overhauled and completely redecorated'. (651) passengers were aboard the liner for her Christmas cruise --- The 'Lakonia' began to burn on Sunday, 22 December. Four days later she was a pitiful, smoke-grimed wreck, wallowing at the mercy of the waves. On Sunday, 29 December - just a week after the initial diaster - she slid beneath the waters of the North Atlantic to her last resting-place. (This) is the story of unfortunate, originally minor circumstances, slowly building up until they finally overwhelmed the ship, her crew and passengers. But the pattern of crew and passenger heroism is at least as great as that of any perhaps more dramatic disaster. Reluctant to leave the ship, the crew - and many passengers - tried desperately to overcome events and save her. There was no panic - from first to last. Air-sea-rescue, radio, telephone, and computers went into action to save those in peril on the sea - and it was the first time that the system of A.M.V.E.R. (Atlantic Merchant Vessel Emergency Report), had been used in any major shipping disaster. Ships of all nationalities sped towards the stricken liner. The British freighter 'Montcalm', the Argentine 'Salta', the Pakistani 'Mehi' - and then there was the ship that passed 'Lakonia' by in her hour of need ---. (This) is a graphic account of the strength and bravery of ordinary persons under threat of death. It is an open, objective and factual reconstruction of what happened." Wrinkling at bottom of spine, light browning on top of text block. Dust jacket has been price clipped, has light edge wear/wrinkling and a few tiny edge tears, very light rubbing.

Title: LAKONIA.

Author Name: Bond, Geoffrey.

Categories: British History, History and Travel, Sailing & The Sea,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, Oldbourne: 1966

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 25163

Keywords: T.S.M.S. Lakonia, United States Air Force, USAF, Rescue operations, Sinkings, Cruise ships, Montcalm, Fires, Firefighting, Lifeboats, Explosions, Disasters, Evacuations, 20th Century Disasters, Motor Ships, Cruises, Shipwrecks, north Atlantic, Air-Sea-Rescure, A.M.V.E.R., Atlantic Merchant Vessel Emergency Report, Bravery, ,