The Finest Hours: The True Story, and the Making of the Book and Disney Movie
On February 18th, 1952 an astonishing maritime event began when a ferocious nor’easter
split in half a 500-foot long oil tanker, the Pendleton, approximately one mile off the coast of
Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Incredibly, just twenty miles away, a second oil tanker, the
Fort Mercer, also split in half. On both fractured tankers men were trapped on the severed
bows and sterns, and all four sections were sinking in 60-foot seas. Thus began a life and death
drama of survival, heroism, and a series of tragic mistakes. Of the 84 seamen aboard the tankers,
70 would be rescued and 14 would lose their lives.
Join author Michael Tougias as he discusses this true-life event, plus the writing of his book
retelling the event (The Finest Hours) and the 2016 Disney movie based on his book, starring
Chris Pine and Casey Affleck.
Books will be available for purchase and signing.
In room 640
235 East Plume Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
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