In October 2012, a replica of the famous HMS "Bounty," an eighteenth-century tall sailing ship, was on a collision course with a storm that would become the largest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic--a clash that would prove dramatic, tragic, perplexing, and ultimately one of the most unforgettable stories of Superstorm Sandy.
Crewed by an eclectic team of seafarers, the "Bounty" was led by Robin Walbridge, their highly respected captain with decades at the helm, whose actions--sometimes questionable--decided the fate of his ship and crew.
Departing from Connecticut as the storm raced northward from the Caribbean, Walbridge attempted to outmaneuver Sandy, heading the "Bounty" southeast. As violent gusts tossed the wooden ship, the crew fought to save their beloved "Bounty"--and finally to save themselves. When waves, wind, and encroaching water finally overtook the ship in an area known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, the crew was suddenly tossed into the churning sea. The "Bounty" was gone, but their fate was still to be determined.
The men and women of a Coast Guard station in North Carolina summoned the courage to fly into hundred-mile-per-hour winds while the residents of the Eastern Seaboard were fleeing or bracing for the hurricane's impact. Through hours of white-knuckle flying, with crew members thrown about their aircraft and rescue swimmers jumping into thirty-foot seas, the Coast Guard accomplished one of its most memorable rescues ever.
Based on interviews with "Bounty" survivors and unfettered access to Coast Guard rescue team members, "The Gathering Wind" offers not only the first but the most complete account of this heartbreaking, thrilling, and inspirational story.
About the Author
Gregory A. Freeman is an award-winning writer with more than 25 years of experience in journalism and historical nonfiction. He has won over two dozen awards for his writing, including the coveted Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists. His books include "Troubled Water, The Forgotten 500, "and the acclaimed "Sailors to the End."
DAVID DRUMMOND received an "AudioFile" Earphones award for his very first audiobook narration effort. Since then, he has recorded nearly fifty audiobooks for many different publishers and in many different genres. He lives with his family in Seattle.