Chasseur Posted February 12, 2016 Report Share Posted February 12, 2016 Yesterday my good wife suggested we take in the movie Finest Hours! This movie has to be one of the best dramatizations of the 1952 rescue of 32 crew of the T2 tanker SS Pendleton, (which had broken in half in a winter Nor’easter in the Atlantic off Massachusetts). This event has never been produced on the big screen until this year to my knowledge. The storm off Cape Cod quickly turned into a hurricane and broke not one, but two, oil tankers in half. I highly recommend this movie as it kept us on the edge of our seats at times! The crew was rescued by four Coast Guardsmen in the CG36500, a 36′ wooden motor lifeboat, under the command of Coxswain Bernie Webber. Just to reach the crippled tanker, Webber and his men had to cross the Chatham bar in horrific conditions. They then succeeded in locating the tanker at the height of the storm and rescuing 32 crew in a boat designed to carry 12, including the crew. Their actions are considered by many to be the greatest small boat rescue in history. In 1967, Bernie Webber sat down for an audio interview on radio station WOCB, Yarmouth. He describes the amazing rescue in his own words. Here is the link http://www.cg36500.org/Rescue-story-Webber-oral.html Enjoy the interview it's outstanding and a true act of heroism on Mr. Webber's Part! JesseLee and Raindog 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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