The Finest Hour: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue

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On Thursday, December 3 at 12:30 PM New York Times bestselling author Michael Tougias will give a slide presentation on Zoom regarding his new book The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue.  The Disney Corporation has made a movie based on the book, staring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck.  The Branches of Marlboro, A Benchmark community living experience, is proud to sponsor this exciting program for the Sudbury Senior Center.


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.  Thus, began a life and death drama of survival, heroism, and a series of tragic mistakes. The Finest Hours has been the #4 bestselling non-fiction book in New England according to the New England Booksellers Association.  Deadline to sign up is December 2, to register for this Zoom event please email Sharon Wilkes, Program Coordinator at [email protected].