David Reid’s “Eight Down” describing eight maritime disasters continues to gather positive reviews. (Nautical Institute below.)
And in his capacity now as a minister to seafarers, the Rev. David Reid also looks at Marconi and Morse and the history of communication with those at sea.
Sam Morse, you may remember, was a founder of The Journal of Commerce, America’s foremost maritime daily, in order to among other things stamp out immorality in New York City. He wisely declared victory — and focused the newspaper on trade and transportation. The “scoops” belonged to those with newsmen on schooners — the fastest schooners would race out to meet ships from Europe.
Here’s the Eight Down review. (I’ve been unable to find a link so paste in the story below.)