Recently, Tom Dresser–good friend of Ships on the Shore–sent me (via snail mail no less!) a fantastic op-ed that appeared in the Boston Sunday Globe titled: “Why we love a good shipwreck.” The short answer: “a shipwreck isn’t just an event–it’s also a drama.” I couldn’t agree more. I love a good shipwreck because of the fascinating stories they tell us about who we are and how we got here. On that note, look out for Dresser’s newest book: Disaster Off Martha’s Vineyard: The Sinking of the City of Columbus. It’s being published by The History Press in the months to come and judging from my conversations with the author, it will be a fantastic account of one of the nineteenth-century’s most famous shipwrecks. I’m looking forward to reading it!