On Monday evening, the Friends of the Millicent Library sponsored an amazing recounting of the greatest sea rescue by four “coasties” stationed at Chatham Lighthouse.
Michael Tougias, a renowned author, kept the audience of approximately 200 people fascinated with the true story of the Blizzard of February 1952 and the two tankers that split in half off the coast of Chatham. The heroic rescue of the members of the crews of the Fort Mercer and the Pendleton kept everyone’s attention glued on Michael and the historic pictures of his slide presentation.
One of the Gold Medal recipients was Richard Livesey from Fairhaven. Richard volunteered to crew for Bernie Webber on the CG36500, knowing he might not return. He had a genuine friendship with Bernie and a great trust in his ability as Captain. Not only did all four coastguard men come back safely, but they rescued 32 men before the stern of the Pendleton sank.
This story will continue to be told - thanks to Michael Tougias and his book The Finest Hours and the Disney movie, which carefully created the film to be true to the story.
The Friends would like to thank all the volunteers who organized and set up this free event for the community.
Stay tuned for more programs for the Millicent Library sponsored by the Friends.