The Wreck of the William Brown
By Koch, Tom

"More than a horrifying tale... also a penetrating examination of causes."

-Denis Wood, author,The Power of Maps

Seventy-one years before the Titanic, a ship loaded with Irish immigrants struck an iceberg and plunged to the ocean floor. The ship's crew stepped into two lifeboats, leaving more than half the passengers behind. Fearing for their lives, one overburdened boat's crew threw 14 men and women overboard. And the story of The Wreck of the William Brown had only begun.

This chronicle of one of the 19th century's most infamous sea disasters and the uproar that followed presents a portrait of a forgotten time, re-creates a defining maritime trial, and tells of back room legal shenanigans. Newspaper readership was exploding in the 1840s, and journalists jumped on this sensational story. The resulting investigations and trial gave us the concept of "lifeboat ethics."

DOI: 10.1036/0071434682

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Author Biography

Tom Koch is a widely published writer and the author of eleven books. A lifelong sailor, he skippers a 35-foot Beneteau sloop, the James Boswell, throughout the Pacific Northwest. A longtime journalist, Tom Koch has worked or written for a range of newspapers, magazines, and broadcasters, including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, United Press International, and the Toronto Globe & Mail. His current appointments include positions at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, where he is also associated with the David Lam Centre for International Communications. He divides his time between popular writing, academic writing on medical ethics and bioethics, and client care.

The Wreck of the William Brown
Author(s): Koch, Tom
ISBN: 0071434682
DOI: 10.1036/0071434682

Format: hardcover, 240 pages.
Pub date: 20 Feb 2004
Copyright: 2004
$22.95 US
Product Line: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press (McGraw-Hill)

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