The recent sea disasters point up the concern evidenced by this book. The perils of the sea, no more than wave or wind, abate. Here are disasters to vessels chiefly in the general area of 1,000 tons, all recent, all surrounded with mystery. They have left English, Norwegian, German ports in perfect trim, with veteran crew and crack skipper, and suddenly vanish in storm and ice, only a plank or so as mute witness. These are taken from files of Lloyds of London; from data secured at official inquiries; from official reports; from men who knew the lost seamen. What cerie fate overcame them? Who are the victims? What good did safety devices do? The narratives, with their freight of inevitable doom, seem somehow straight down by the unemotional meticulousness of detail. But here is another facet of armchair searing for stormy nights.