In the winter of 1952, New England was battered because of the most brutal nor’easter in years. As the weather wreaked chaos on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril, setting happens for one of the very heroic rescue stories ever lived.
In earlier hours of Monday, February 18, as the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Pendleton along with the Fort Mercer, found themselves inside the same horrifying predicament. Built with “dirty steel,” instead of prepared to withstand such ferocious seas, both tankers split by 50 %, leaving the lots of men aboard utterly in the Atlantic’s mercy. The Finest Hours could be the gripping, true story from the valiant try and rescue the souls huddling within the broken halves from the two ships.
The spellbinding tale is filled with breathtaking scenes, as boats capsize, bows and sterns crash into each other, and men hurl themselves to the raging sea of their terrifying battle for survival.
Not all in the eighty-four men caught at sea inside midst of that brutal storm survived, but with the odds, it’s a miracle—and a testament to their bravery—that any came you will find tell their tales whatsoever.