Slade brings her El Faro book to Camden

Jun 08, 2018
Rachel Slade

Camden — Rachel Slade will present her new book, “Into The Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm and the Sinking of El Faro,” Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m. at the downtown Camden Public Library. Owl & Turtle Bookshop Cafe will be on hand to sell copies of the book.

Slade is a Boston-based journalist, writer and editor. She was a staff writer at Boston Magazine for nine years, and her writing has earned her a national civic journalism award. She splits her time between Brookline, Massachusetts and Rockport.

On Oct. 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, resulting in the worst American shipping disaster in 35 years and the death of all the mariners aboard — including two from the Midcoast. Relying on hundreds of exclusive interviews with family members and maritime experts, as well as the words of the crew members themselves — captured by the ship’s voice data recorder — Slade unravels the mystery of the sinking of El Faro.

In “Into The Raging Sea,” Slade offers a nail-biting account of El Faro’s final hours; the Coast Guard’s attempted search and rescue; the ensuing federal investigation; and the destructive forces of globalization and climate change that put the ship in harm’s way.

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