PRLog (Press Release) - Jul. 31, 2011 - Summit, NJ -- August 1, 2011. Two maritime shipwreck and rescue books by maritime writer Robert R. Frump are now in the top ten Kindle book bestsellers following their placement on the U.S. Coast Guard 2011 Reading List.
"Two Tankers Down" describes the wreck of two oil tankers, the SS Pendleton and the SS Fort Mercer, off Chatham, Cape Cod, in 1952 and the heroic rescue effort via small lifeboat mounted by Bernard C. Webber.
"Until the Sea Shall Free Them" describes the wreck of the SS Marine Electric off the Virginia Coast in 1983 and the death of 31 of the 34 crew and officers. Three men survived in blizzard conditions and freezing waters and then testified that the ship was poorly maintained.
The Marine Electric tragedy and stories written by Frump for the Philadelphia Inquirer helped reform the US inspection system. The now famous USCG rescue swimmer program was founded after the wreck.
Two Tankers Down was number one on the Kindle List for 1950s history last week. Book ranking and information is at http://www.amazon.com/
Until the Sea Shall Free them was eighth on the Kindle ship history list. Ranking and information is at
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Book publisher and author of maritime events and shipwrecks, maritime writer for Philadelphia Inquirer, managing editor of The Journal of Commerce