Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Michael J. Tougias

Narrated By: Joe Barrett

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2007

Duration: 10 hours 55 minutes


During the blizzard of 1978, a tanker floundered on the shoals off the Massachusetts coast. The Coast Guard dispatched a patrol boat that was soon in trouble, too. A pilot-boat captain, Frank Quirk, heard of the Coast Guard's plight on his radio. He gathered his crew of four, readied his forty-nine-foot steel boat, the Can Do, and entered the maelstrom of the blizzard soon to be known as the Storm of the Century.

Encountering one of the most monstrous seas ever recorded, Quirk struggled through the night to keep his boat from sinking, maintaining contact through his hand-held battery-powered radio. The Can Do stayed afloat past three a.m. Then there was silence.

Through dozens of interviews and radio communications-actual recordings included here-the author provides a devastating, true account of bravery and death at sea.

"[A] thundering good sea story, chockfull of drama and real-life nautical details."-Kliatt