58 Degrees North
The Mysterious Sinking of the Arctic RoseBook - 2005
The tragic and mesmerizing story of the deadliest American fishing accident in 50 years, the 2001 sinking of the Arctic Rose.
In the spring of 2001, newspapers across the country reported that an industrial fishing trawler had gone down in the icy waters just below the Arctic Circle, with the boat's position last recorded at 58 degrees north. The Arctic Rose sank so abruptly in the middle of the night that there was not even time to put on survival suits or call for help, and all fifteen men aboard were killed. Journalist Hugo Kugiya's investigation reveals a powerful story of adventure and disaster, illuminating how the modern industrial fishing industry gave rise to these sailors' dangerous and strangely archaic life. He recreates the stories of the fifteen young men, all of wildly different backgrounds, trapped in close quarters and able to call home or mail letters only in their occasional returns to port. And finally he traces the Coast Guard investigation, the most costly in history, as the authorities try to figure out what really sank the Arctic Rose.