234 pages (March 2000)
- ISBN 1574882007
- Paperback - 248 pages (April 2001)
- ISBN 1574883364
- Brassey's, Inc.
- 22841 Quicksilver Dr.
- Dulles, VA 20166
- Book Description (from
- Lifeboat Sailors is the first book on the
distinguished past, hazardous present, and uncertain
future of the U.S. Coast Guard's small boat stations,
whose roots extend back nearly 200 years.
- America's smallest federal armed force, the Coast
Guard has earned it's fame from dangerous rescues at sea.
At the cutting edge of its humanitarian mission are the
small boat stations scattered along the country's coasts
and major waterways. In a typical year, the Coast Guard's
powerful motorized lifeboats and other small vessels
respond to over 37,000 calls for assistance. They save
more than 4,000 people in imminent danger. But despite
the fact that the small boat stations are the very symbol
of rescue upon the water, the public knows little about
what takes place in them and even less about the
dedicated professionals who put their own lives at risk
to save others every day.
- A retired Coast Guardsmann, Dennis Noble traveled
from unit to unit capturing the stories of their brave
crews, riding the waves with the lifeboat sailors who
came to accept him as one of their own. He has chronicled
their intensive training and compares today's personnel,
policies, and equipment with that of the pasts. He
reports on thrilling maritime rescues and disasters,
including the tragic deaths of three Coast Guardsmen who
set out on a rescue mission from a station he was
visiting - deaths that he believes were unnecessary. He
describes a vital service performed by everyday heroes
but heroes who are, he believes, severely hampered and
even endangered by a remote, uncomprehending, and often
uncaring headquarters. Lifeboat Sailors bears witness to
the courage of a unique breed of seaman, and it sounds an
alarm for the rescue of a cherished American
- The Author
- Dennis L. Noble is a retired Coast guard senior chief
with a doctorate in history from Purdue University. He is
the author of six books, including That Others Might
Live: The U.S. Life-Saving Service, 1878-1914. He
lives in Sequim, Washington.
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