|About the Book|
In February 1910, the 346-foot-long passenger liner S.S. “Yucatan” of the Alaska Steamship Co. collided with an iceberg in Icy Strait, Alaska. With 65 passengers aboard, Captain W.P.S. Porter and his officers fought valiantly to beach the sinkingMoreIn February 1910, the 346-foot-long passenger liner S.S. “Yucatan” of the Alaska Steamship Co. collided with an iceberg in Icy Strait, Alaska. With 65 passengers aboard, Captain W.P.S. Porter and his officers fought valiantly to beach the sinking steamship and save the lives that had been entrusted to their care.Historian and shipwreck explorer Steve K. Lloyd tells the little-known story of the Yucatan shipwreck, and brings the reader face-to-face with the dangers of navigating a coal-burning iron steamship through the ice-clogged waterways of Alaska’s northern ocean. Painstakingly researched, this is a true tale of man versus the elements in the frigid waters of Alaska. (33 pages—6700 words- illustrated with 2 maps and 8 photographs)About the AuthorAcclaimed shipwreck explorer, technical diver and historian Steve Lloyd has written compelling accounts of more than a dozen Alaska shipwrecks. No mere armchair adventurer, he has found and dived historical wrecks all over Alaska.Lloyd is recognized for locating and documenting the two oldest shipwrecks ever found in Alaska waters: The Russian trading ship “Kad’yak” (1860) and the American troop transport bark “Torrent” (1868). His shipwreck articles have appeared in magazines and historical journals, and he is the author of the nonfiction book Farallon: Shipwreck and Survival on the Alaska Shore (WSU Press, 2000).Look for more Kindle editions of the author’s nonfiction articles about historic Alaska shipwrecks, as well as his short fictional story “Darkness Absolute” which is based on the 1929 shipwreck of the S.S. “Aleutian”, which Lloyd discovered in deep water off Kodiak Island in 2002.