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Frank Delaney

Originally posted July 2006

Simple Courage

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It's a truism that the captain goes down with his ship. But not if he can keep it afloat. In 1951, a freighter was nearly torn in two by an unbelievable North Atlantic storm. Its captain, Kurt Carlsen, got everyone aboard off safely, including the crew, but then refused all entreaties to abandon the crippled vessel himself. Carlsen's heroic story is now retold in Frank Delaney's book "Simple Courage."




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Frank Delaney is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Ireland as well as Tipperary and Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea. A former judge for the Man Booker Prize, Delaney enjoyed a prominent career in BBC broadcasting before becoming a full-time writer. Born in Tipperary, Ireland, he now lives in New York City and Connecticut.

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