"Her powerful account will remind readers of The Perfect Storm."—Boston Globe
In the predawn darkness of September 5, 1996, the fishing boat Heather Lynne II was run down by a tugboat and 272-foot barge and overturned ten miles off Cape Ann, Massachusetts. A diminishing air pocket kept the boat from sinking and provided the only hope of survival for the three fishermen trapped inside. The shouted pleas and desperate tapping of these men could be heard by would-be rescuers. The Coast Guard was called. This is what happened . . .
"Guaranteed to give the spellbound reader claustrophobia, Dead Men Tapping is a tale of tragedy in the fishing fleet that sizzles with dramatic tension."--Joan Druett, author, In the Wake of Madness: The Murderous Voyage of the Whaleship Sharon
"Yeomans brings the tragic day to life on the page. . . . An intriguing glimpse into the lives of the men and women who are employed in one of America's most dangerous professions."—Publishers Weekly
"Kate Yeomans has done a terrific job in getting her arms around a complicated event. There are clearly lessons to be learned from this tragedy, not only for the U.S. Coast Guard, but for all who go to sea. This is a must-read."--Rear Admiral John Linnon, U.S. Coast Guard (ret.)
"Kate Yeomans lays bare the blood-pumping chaos of a high-seas rescue gone awry. She peels back the layers of truth and reconstructs this horrific event, guiding us to places we never expected to go. This is a unique and tragic story told in a redeeming, heartfelt manner."--Spike Walker, author, Coming Back Alive: The True Story of the Most Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Ever Attempted on Alaska's High Seas
Kate Yeomans is a member of the Newburyport fishing community by work and by marriage. Her award-winning writing has appeared in Boston Magazine, Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Cruising World, SAIL, and others.
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Kate Yeomans grew up on the northeast coast of Massachusetts where she lives on the banks of the Merrimack River. She has a degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire (1995) and an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College (1999). She also holds a Coast Guard 100-ton captain’s license (1993). Her photos and award-winning writing have appeared in Boston Magazine, Offshore, National Fisherman, the literary journal Creative Nonfiction, and other magazines. She was an editor at Offshore for four years and the senior editor of National Fisherman. A member of the Newburyport fishing community by birth and marriage, she has worked the decks of fishing vessels and has pursued this story for more than four years. This is her first book. HOMETOWN: Newburyport, MAReview:
"This powerful account will remind readers of Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm." - Boston Globe "A compelling and complex piece of work." - Offshore Magazine "Yeomans brings a tragic day to life on the page. An intriguing glimpse into the lives of the men and women who are employed in one of America's most dangerous professions." - Publisher's Weekly "Guaranteed to give the spellbound reader claustrophobia...Sizzles with dramatic tension." - Joan Druett, author, In the Wake of Madness: The Murderous Voyage of the Whaleship Sharon "A unique and tragic story told in a redeeming, heartfelt manner." - Spike Walker, author, Coming Back Alive"
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