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Without Warning: the Great Storm of 1953

Author: Carmel King
ISBN: 0 86025 536 0


A gale in the Irish Sea on 31st January 1953 caused deaths by drowning, but that was nothing compared to the catastrophe that hit the eastern counties of England as the wind caused a build up of water that overwhelmed the sea defences of most of the coastal communities of Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, and Kent, before sweeping on to wreak more destruction in the Low Countries of Europe.

This is a minute by minute account of how the ships, towns, villages, and islands faced disaster. Stories of personal heroism are mixed with the tragedies of ordinary folk caught up in a cataclysm of wind and water. After the Storm re-building of sea walls and communities took place and fifty years on, memorials were erected. The Princess Victoria, Sea Palling, Great Yarmouth, Aldeburgh, Jaywick, Wallasea, Foulness, Canvey Island… a touching record of human endeavour in adversity.

80 pages, 63 photographs

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