Mayaguez and the Murder Ship: Two Tales of Maritime Heroism

by Roy F. Sullivan



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 23/05/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 166
ISBN : 9781728362595

About the Book

“Mayaguez and the Murder Ship” trace the marine exploits of First Mate, later Captain, Casey Flynn. Aboard the container ship Mayaguez, he was First Mate during the surprise capture of that vessel and crew by Cambodian communists in 1975. During the four days between their capture and release to the U.S. Navy, Flynn acted as calm intermediary with his crew’s communist captors. The Americans were fearful of being summarily shot, ransomed or tried before a Cambodian court, then imprisoned. Once U.S. aircraft appeared overhead firing and bombing, their captors became hysterical and unpredictable, making Flynn’s protection of his crew even more difficult. Promoted to captain for his performance on the Mayaguez, Flynn’s trials had just begun. His first command, an old oil tanker, was beset with problems: a dispirited crew, several of whom mysteriously and regularly disappeared. The anxious, short-handed, double-dutied crew labeled their vessel the “Murder Ship.” To help him solve the mysterious disappearances or murders, an inexperienced Security Officer (who happened to be the transport lines owner’s beautiful daughter) was added to assist Flynn in this his new command. What could possible go wrong on Casey’s maiden voyage of the “Murder Ship”?

About the Author

Former Regular Army and State Department Foreign Service officer Roy Sullivan enjoys Texas history. In addition to history, he also writes short, one night/one flight mysteries featuring private investigator Jan Kokk from the Caribbean Island of Curacao. The latter is a bon vivant, man-of-the world and sleuth equally at ease with an intriguing mystery or a lovely lady. Kokk, that is, not Sullivan.