The Lucky Dragon, a Japanese fishing ship, was ironically named. For the 23 hapless fishermen on board, March 1, 1954, the...

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THE VOYAGE OF THE LUCKY DRAGON

The Lucky Dragon, a Japanese fishing ship, was ironically named. For the 23 hapless fishermen on board, March 1, 1954, the ""multihued ball of fire"" which rose on the horizon, brought disastrous contact with the ultimate in technological destruction. The tuna fishermen aboard the trawler were some 85 miles distant from the Bikini atoll hydrogen bomb test. As clouds of white powder ""fall-out"" rained upon the ship, some of the men gathered up samples. One slept for days with an envelope of the souvenir under his pillow. It was only when they reached port that the significance of the nausea, fatigue and blackening of their faces became clear. Then international East-West relations simmered- with recrimination and diplomatic bungling. The tuna market underwent resultant upheaval. The fishermen were even accused of espionage for having impinged on the danger area. One of the twenty-three fishermen died. A tense report on the calamitous voyage of the Lucky Dragon. Timely.

Pub Date: Feb. 18, 1957

ISBN: N/A

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Publisher: Harper

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1957