DARK PASSAGES: The Vanishing Ships of the Pacific Ocean By David Grover 224 pages, illustrated, 6-in ? 9-in, softcover. ISBN: 978-889901 52-7 - $17.95. Glencannon Press, www.glencannon.com; 800-711-8985
With three-fifths of the world's surface covered by water, it does not take much imagination to realize how easy it is for a ship to disappear without a trace. And, when you flush out the reality that a ship is really nothing more than a tiny microcosm of humanity afloat, you have all the elements for absorbing drama on the high seas. Author Grover, a long-time contributor to this magazine before his recent retirement, obviously shares this view for his latest effort is a most interesting anthology of ship sagas that well explores the mysteries of what happened to a dozen oceangoing vessels which simply vanished from the face of the sea without a clue or hint of what happened.
Selecting several time periods, types of ships, and known circumstances, Grover uses his long practiced years at sea as a professional mariner to establish and authenticate what may have happened. …