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In addition to being the author of Adrift and Capsized, Steven Callahan is the principal at Steven Callahan & Associates. Based in Maine, Steve and his colleagues provide a variety of marine services from design, construction, and consulting to equipment testing and boat deliveries. Steven maintains a special interest in offshore voyaging, safety, seamanship, and survival. Since 1977 he and and his associates have also been involved in most aspects of the communications industry, especially publishing and television. Recently, Steve has been consulting on feature films, most notably Life of Pi. For more information about Steven and his firm, please visit his website.
Steven's memoir Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea (Houghton Mifflin, 1986) became a New York Times bestller, has been translated into 16 languages, and remains in print some 26 years after its initial publication. KIRKUS described the book as "a riveting tale of survival. ... Callahan is, besides being an adept sailor, a fine writer." Newsweek called the book "utterly absorbing." And the Wall Street Journal hailed Adrift as "a fascinating tale. ... A clearly written ocean yarn in which the stakes are high and a brave man wins through."
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... an intriguing tale of personal victories claimed from disaster. - Publishers Weekly
The strange, amazing and absorbing tale of survival following the capsize of the trimaran Rose-Noelle remains one of the classic sea stories of this or any other era. Capsized is many things: a psychological thriller, a seafaring mystery, and of course a saga of adventure. Nobody other than Steve Callahan could truly relate to or fully understand what the 4-man crew ultimately experienced and overcame. And no one but Steve Callahan could've written this engaging, disturbing, philosophical book.- Herb McCormick, Senior Editor, Cruising World Magazine, former sailing correspondent for the New York Times, author of Gone to Sea and other books
While the suspense, drama, and harrowing adventure of Capsized will no doubt grip any reader, it shouldn’t be missed that Steve Callahan’s book also is about the complexity of the individual and the collective. Callahan shows us disparate people forced to rely upon each other for their mutual survival. In a manner of speaking, it is the id, ego, and super-ego simultaneously at odds and in concert. Capsized may just tell one crew’s story, but it also is the story of the best of human nature eventually winning out in the worst of times. - Adam Braver, author of November 22, 1963 and Misfit
In a superb narrative, Callahan chronicles the four-month (April - August 1989) struggle of Jim Nalepka and three other crew (Phil Hofman, John Glennie and Rick Hellriegel) to survive on their capsized trimaran adrift in the the stormy seas of the wintry South Pacific. (This occurred between New Zealand's North Island and the Kermadec Islands further north.) For shelter, the four huddled together in a dank hull compartment 20 inches high and only as wide as a double-bed. Most of their gear was lost in the same gale that caused them to capsize. They were drenched nearly constantly with frigid seawater, and caught fish and collected rain for sustenance before the wind and current finally carried them to New Zealand's Great Barrier Island.
Capsized was originally published with a slightly different title by HarperCollins in 1992. The new edition has been revised (with additional text, illustrations and a new Introduction) by Callahan.
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