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Re: Adrift: 76 Days Lost At Sea
"Survive the Savage Sea"
I was sailing the SoPac at the time this book came out. Though it is a great story and I have no doubt that their story of survival is authentic, there is something about the loss of the vessel that just doesn't ring true.
A wooden vessel such as that is massively built and the garboard plank which was supposedly stove in by a killer whale is one of the strongest points.
If I remember correctly, they were in a gale shortly before the sinking and most of us who were sailing at the time (we discussed it a lot), thought it more probable that the plank just came free because of rot at the fastenings. Of course, none of us was aboard, so.....
This is the only case I've ever heard of, where a whale of any sort intentionally sank a vessel, and personal experience with whales has been exactly the opposite; they did everything possible to avoid the boat, successfully.
Mother on one side and the calf on the other, sailing in Hawaii and no trouble.
For any who fear encountering whales, I would suggest quite the opposite; enjoy the show.
For those who enjoy these kinds of books, another story from that era was 117 days adrift.