The Finest Hours is a disaster film about the true story of The U.S. Coast Guard rescue of 70 men from 2 oil tankers which were split asunder by a nor’easter. The rescue mission took place in 1952 off the Cape Cod coast after two oil tankers, SS Fort Mercer and SS Pendleton, were destroyed by treacherous winter winds and waves.The crew of motor life boat CG 36500 and the crew of a surfboat from the USCGC Yakutat heroically rescued nearly all the tankers’ crewmen. The film is due to be released by Walt Disney Pictures on January 29, 2016.
EXCERPT FROM THE RESCUE: The four Coast Guardsmen launched their 36-foot wooden motor life boat without any certainty they’d make it back alive. They maneuvered the craft around the treacherous Chatham Bar, and then out to the remnants of the Pendleton. There things took a turn for the worse.
READ THE U.S. COAST GUARD ACCOUNT
“As the CG-36500 crossed the bar, the boat was smashed by a mountain of a wave and thrown high in the air. The boat landed on its side between waves,” the 2001 account said. “The self-righting boat recovered quickly and was smote again, this time tons of seawater crashed over the boat breaking its windshield and flattening coxswain Webber.”
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