"Mayday! Shipwrecks, Tragedies & Tales from Long Island's Eastern Shore"
Deep tales from Long Island
Some of the most fertile fishing spots off Long Island are the grave sites of the great boats that once traversed its waters, a fact often forgotten. Van R. Field, in “Mayday! Shipwrecks, Tragedies & Tales from Long Island’s Eastern Shore” ($17.99, History Press, 2008), raises the stories of these erstwhile ships from the historical depths. From the Age of Sail to modern times, “Mayday!” tells a variety of tales such as “the strange story of the bark Elizabeth” and the sinking of the Combria by German U-boats off Long Island during World War II.
Van R. Field served in the Coast Guard during World War II and is the author of several other books covering Long Island’s maritime history. www.historypress.net
This article originally appeared in the May 2009 issue.