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Posted on: April 9, 2019

The Finest Hours: The True Story, and the Making of the Book and Disney® Movie

Featuring author Michael Tougias and his book The Finest Hours

NORFOLK, VA – Slover Library presents a two-part event featuring author Michael Tougias and his book The Finest Hours, a re-telling of an astonishing, true-life maritime event. On February 18, 1952, 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. The following events are taking place at Slover.

The Finest Hours: Film Screening – Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 2 PM to 4 PM, Room 305
Enjoy a screening of the 2016 film The Finest Hours, starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck, where the Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.

The Finest Hours: Author Talk – Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 6 PM to 8 PM. Room 640
The Finest Hours author Michael Tougias will discuss this true-life event and the development of The Finest Hours book and movie. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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