Skyway down

by Shirley Dowling



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 25/08/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 380
ISBN : 9781728323763

About the Book

The year 1980 was a year of two maritime tragedies in the Tampa Bay area of central Florida. In January two ships, the Coast Guard buoy tender, U.S.S. Blackthorn and the tanker, S.S. Capricorn collided just 1500 yards west of the Sunshine Skyway bridge, taking the Coast Guard cutter to the bottom of the 50-foot channel. Twenty-three young sailors lost their lives that night. Three months of hearings in the wake of this horrific accident followed, bringing together a young female news reporter from an independent television channel in St. Petersburg and a Boston attorney, on assignment in defense of the tanker Capricorn. A courtship developed into a serious romance as the hearings continued until May 8, at which time a verdict was handed down. In the early morning of May 9, during a severe storm in which all ships in those waters were blinded by the rain and dense fog, the Sunshine Skyway bridge was rammed by the freighter M.V. Summit Venture, collapsing 1200 feet of the bridge and taking 8 vehicles to the bottom of the channel with her. Thirty-five people died in the 150-foot deadly plunge. This is their story.

About the Author

Shirley Dowling is a writer whose 25-year career was spent working for an in-house advertising agency which represented a large chain of Florida retail stores. There she wrote newspaper advertising copy, television and radio commercials and company publicity releases. During that time she was also published in several Florida magazines, chiefly authoring personality biographies, plus occasional longer assignments. Shirley is also a published author (Avon Books, NYNY), a mainstream romance novel LOVE NEEDS NO REASON, which enjoyed 9 royalties. She also authored and published a children’s e-book, SCARLETT RED, a selection on Kindle. Since her retirement she has continued to sell articles to Florida magazines. In 2019 Shirley, anticipating the 40th anniversary of two major maritime tragedies which occurred in the Tampa Bay area in 1980, has written a new novel, SKYWAY DOWN, with both accidents woven into the tapestry of the story Shirley lives and works in the Tampa, Florida area.