Into the Burning Sea: the 1918 Mirlo Rescue
As part of A Day In Manteo and the Shipwreck Series rum release from Outer Banks Distillery, Downtown Books is proud to present North Carolina filmmaker, historian and author Kevin Duffus. Duffus will speak on the historic 1918 Mirlo rescue off Hatteras, a catastrophic event he covers in his latest book- Into The Burning Sea.
Kevin Duffus, author of six books on North Carolina’s maritime history spanning 500 years, takes his audience on board the British tanker Mirlo loaded with nearly 300,000 gallons of aviation fuel when it was torpedoed five miles east of Chicamacomico Coast Guard Station on August 16, 1918. Using previously unpublished eyewitness testimony, Duffus recreates the desperate struggle of 51 panicked sailors as they tried to escape their exploding and burning ship. From his acclaimed literary non-fiction account, Duffus will describe the ordeal endured by six courageous Coast Guardsmen as they were tossed by waves of fire in a small motor lifeboat. The “Mighty Midgetts of Chicamacomico” imperiled their own lives and entered a hellish and deadly inferno of explosions and toxic fumes while navigating a confusing maze of swirling black smoke to rescue strangers in distress. August 16, 1918, was day when American lifesaving history was made.
Please join Downtown Books and the Dare County Arts Council on the second floor of the Courthouse at 1pm for what has been called a riveting and powerful lecture.