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The books are here!

I’m exited to announce that my order of my new book, Shipwrecks of Curry County, has arrived. The book isn’t officially available for sale until Monday, but I’d be more than happy to accept pre-orders. Feel free to send me an email if you’re interested.

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In the News

Hello everyone!

I hope you’re all enjoying your summer. It’s been gorgeous here on the Oregon coast over the past few days.

As a ship/shipwreck enthusiast, news articles relating to ships and shipwrecks (both past and present) always draw my attention. I’ve decided that in the future I’d like to periodically write a blog post that includes a list of online articles and their links. The theory is that if someone has read and enjoyed my books then there’s a good chance that they’ll find these online articles interesting.

There have actually been quite a few maritime related articles in the news over the past week. For instance, I found this article from the Oregonian last night:

Debris that could be from a 100-year-old shipwreck found on Oregon coast

The article talks about an interesting piece of wood that washed ashore on Cannon Beach. They reported that the piece of wood is 18 feet long and weighs several hundred pounds. Based on the square nails, notches, and cut-outs in the wood, it’s possible that it came from a wooden ship built in the 1800’s.

It’s going to take more research and consulting with experts– and we may never know for certain which ship it came from– but, it’s still a pretty cool find!

 

On a sadder note, I’ve been following the story in the news of the collision between a Navy destroyer and a container ship:

US Navy Destroyer Collides with merchant ship

Collisions are on my list of the top three worst things that could happen at sea. As you’re probably aware, container ships are enormous. Fortunately, the navy destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, was sturdily built.

They’re still investigating, but it looks like the ships got lucky. Collisions are always bad and can potentially cause both ships to sink. Although both sustained damage and will need repairs, neither sank. Things could have been a lot worse.

When I first read about the accident, they reported that seven US sailors were missing. I had been holding out hope that by some miracle they would be found alive. Sadly, when I checked for an update on the story last night, I learned that the bodies of the sailors had been found inside one of the flooded compartments of the ship.

US Navy ship collides merchant vessel off coast

My condolences go out to the friends and family members of these sailors.

Traumatic collision that killed sailors almost sank destroyer navy says

As someone that has spent a lot of time researching maritime history, I know that the outcome of this tragic accident could have been much worse. I’m grateful for the lives that were saved– on both ships.

~~ H. S. Contino

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New Book Update

Hi!

I have an exciting update on my new book, “Shipwrecks of Curry County.” My publisher, Arcadia, has set an official release date: July 17, 2017. Yay!


Now that I have a release date, I’ve been working on lining up author talk/book signings. I’ll continue to update this blog as I finalize my plans.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

H. S. Contino 

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“Shipwrecks of Curry County” Cover Proof

Greetings from the chilly Oregon coast!

I apologize for not posting more often. Between working at the library, setting up my booth at local farmers markets, craft fairs, and book festivals, and working on the new shipwreck book, I’ve been pretty busy!

I’m happy to report that the new shipwreck book is going well. I recently received the cover proof from my editor. It looks great!

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The following is a close up on the back cover text:

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So, what do you think?

Stay warm everyone!

Best wishes,

H. S. Contino

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Exciting Announcement– New Book!

Good morning!

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A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Arcadia Publishing. Due to the success of my book “Shipwrecks of Coos County,” we began discussing the possibly of having me write a second local history book for their “Images of America” series. I chose to wait to make an announcement until we reached an agreement.

I’m excited to announce that I’m currently under contract to write a follow up book titled “Shipwrecks of Curry County.” The new book will basically pick up where the other one left off. It’ll continue discussing shipwrecks along the Oregon coastline beginning just south of Bandon and continuing to the Oregon-California state line.

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Although Curry County is smaller than Coos County, many of its settlements are older. There are several geographical similarities between the coastlines in both counties that make them particularly treacherous for ships (especially early in their history). But, there are also several features that make Curry County unique. I will be discussing both in the new book.

There are also some amazing Curry County shipwreck stories. For instance, it was the location of one of the last American ships to be torpedoed off of the Oregon coast by a Japanese submarine during World War II. Fortunately, most of the crew survived. There are some amazing photographs related to the incident.

Tentatively, we’re looking at a July 2017 release date for “Shipwrecks of Curry County.” The retail price will be $21.99.

Please e-mail me or leave a comment on this post if you’d like to pre-order a copy of the new book. I’d be happy to e-mail you when the book is released and mail you a signed copy.

I’ll also be lining up several shipwreck talks/book signing events within both BooksCoos and Curry counties for next summer and fall. I’ll post more information as the publication date gets closer.

Thank you all for your continued support of my writing career. I couldn’t do it without you!

Woo-hoo! Time to roll up my sleeves and do some local history research!

 

~~ H. S. Contino