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Wednesday, January 25, 2012


I'm sure everyone is aware of the recent shipwreck off the Tuscan coast. The Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground near the tiny island of Giglio and dozens lost their lives.

Some of the photos of the wreck are really spectacular, but the most striking one I've seen is a satellite image that reveals the massive hulk of the ship. Click here to view it.

Shipwrecks are the subject of many books in our collection, perhaps because New England has a long shipping history, and shipwrecks are obviously part of that history. Here's just a sampling:

Delaney, Frank. Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea. [910.9163 DEL]

McCollum, Sean. Anatomy of a Shipwreck. [J 363.123 MCC]

Quinn, William P. Shipwrecks around Boston. [910.452 QUI]

Ritchie, David. Shipwrecks: An Encyclopedia of the World's Worst Disasters at Sea. [910.4 RIT]

It probably won't be long before a tale of the Costa Concordia appears on our shelves!

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