Into the Blue: Family Secrets and the Search for a Great by Andrea Curtis

By Andrea Curtis

Award-winning journalist Andrea Curtis explores the shadows forged over her kinfolk by way of a century-old shipwreck and uncovers the tragedy, catastrophe and promise of adolescence at the nice Lakes.

Every relations has a narrative, handed down via generations. For Andrea Curtis that tale is the ruin of the SS J.H. Jones. In 1906, the late-November swells of Georgian Bay erupt right into a blinding hurricane, sinking the Jones and claiming the lives of all on board. Left within the wake is Captain Jim Crawford’s one-year-old daughter, Eleanor, who faces a frightening way forward for poverty and isolation.

But Eleanor emerges from her formative years decided to go away in the back of the limitations of her small city. She plunges into the thrill of Jazz-era California and Nineteen Thirties Montreal, suffering to turn into a poet and a author. nearly a century later, Andrea is aware her grandmother Eleanor in simple terms as a worldly, revered Montreal matriarch. until eventually, whereas getting to know Jim Crawford’s position within the Jones tragedy, she discovers that Eleanor had a hidden past.

Using kin tales, archival learn and fictionalized re-enactments, Andrea Curtis narrates her family’s background, and that of where they as soon as known as domestic. Into the Blue shimmers with Curtis’s wealthy and reflective voice, recreating a little-known yet formative time while Canadians endured via unthinkable loss, violence and catastrophe, and brings to lifestyles a grand period of serious Lakes background. this can be a beneficial peer to such cherished memoirs as David Macfarlane’s the chance Tree and Roy MacGregor’s A existence within the Bush.

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Into the Blue: Family Secrets and the Search for a Great Lakes Shipwreck

Award-winning journalist Andrea Curtis explores the shadows forged over her relations by means of a century-old shipwreck and uncovers the tragedy, catastrophe and promise of adolescence at the nice Lakes.

Every family members has a narrative, handed down via generations. For Andrea Curtis that tale is the smash of the SS J. H. Jones. In 1906, the late-November swells of Georgian Bay erupt right into a blinding hurricane, sinking the Jones and claiming the lives of all on board. Left within the wake is Captain Jim Crawford’s one-year-old daughter, Eleanor, who faces a frightening way forward for poverty and isolation.

But Eleanor emerges from her early life decided to go away in the back of the constraints of her small city. She plunges into the buzz of Jazz-era California and Thirties Montreal, suffering to turn into a poet and a author. virtually a century later, Andrea is familiar with her grandmother Eleanor purely as a cosmopolitan, revered Montreal matriarch. until eventually, whereas getting to know Jim Crawford’s function within the Jones tragedy, she discovers that Eleanor had a hidden past.

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The western part of the line was a series of outposts in front of the Eboli concentrations; the hills southwest of Serre formed a strong defensive position. At daybreak on 12 September, the 45th Division prepared to establish contact with the 179th Infantry in the corridor and to strengthen its line east of the Sele. Company C, 753d Tank Battalion, carried out the first of these moves. At 0700 the tanks pushed up the corridor from the burned bridge, hugging the north bank of the Calore. An hour later they had gained contact with the 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry.

The Fifth Army beachhead had been expanded on the 10th and 11th along a 35- to 49-mile coastline to an average depth of 6 to 7 miles. Only in the center, in the Sele-Calore corridor, was the beach50 head insecure; here the successful enemy attack on the 45th Division threatened to separate 10 and VI Corps. If this threat could be averted and the beachhead maintained intact, the Fifth Army would have a substantial base in which to build up its strength for further advance. htm[1/6/2011 9:44:56 AM] Salerno: The German Counterattack(12-14 September) The German Counterattack (12-14 September) WHILE THE SOLDIERS of VI and 10 Corps were pushing doggedly from the beaches across the plain and up the slopes of surrounding hills, German reinforcements were gathering in the mountains to the east.

All the way they met rifle and machine-gun fire. Pvt. William J. Crawford, a squad scout of Company I, attacked three machine-gun emplacements, dug in on terraces in front of his company. Crawling through intense enemy fire, he got close enough to the first two to throw hand grenades at the crews, killing them and destroying their guns. At the third emplacement, Crawford's grenade killed only one of the crew. The others abandoned their post and attempted to flee, but Crawford took over their gun, turned it around, and fired on them while they were making their escape.

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