Shipwreck of Hopes

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After years of researching the sinking of the Elizabeth in 1850 off the shores of New York’s Fire Island author Angela Reich has fictionalized the event in a novel that carefully follows the facts of the wreck, the involvement of the first (1826) Fire Island Lighthouse and its keeper Selah Strong, and the involvement of the Life Saving Service with Fire Island being one of the ten original lifesaving huts on the Long Island Shore.
Drawing inventively on the lives that converged with the fate of the ship Elizabeth in 1850 the novel goes beyond biography to reveal the harrowing journeys of those involved on that desperate day. Soft cover, 304 pages.