“The Sea Was in their Blood” by Quentin Casey

About the Book...

It was a frigid night in February 2013 when the five young fishermen vanished. The crew of the Miss Ally–a 12-metre Cape Islander from Woods Harbour, Nova Scotia–was fishing for halibut far off the Nova Scotia coast when their boat’s spotlight malfunctioned. A vicious winter storm was approaching from her south, and all other boats at the fishing grounds were steaming for shore. Unable to locate his longlining gear, the Miss Ally‘s young captain decided to stay an extra day to retrieve the gear and, hopefully, a big catch.

Their retreat delayed, the Miss Ally crew ended up pounded by hurricane-force winds and waves well over 10 metres high. Late on February 17, the boat foundered. The five young men aboard–Katlin Nickerson, Billy Jack Hatfield, Joel Hopkins, Cole Nickerson, and Tyson Townsend–were never found.

The Sea Was in Their Blood explores two key questions: who were the men aboard the Miss Ally, and why were they battered and sunk by a storm forecast days in advance? Through interviews with the crew’s families and friends, rescue personnel, and members of the tight-knit fishing communities of Woods Harbour and Cape Sable Island, award-winning journalist Quentin Casey pieces together the tragic sinking–including important case details not previously reported–and weaves in the backstories of the Miss Ally‘s crew and the lingering effects of their disappearance.

A portion of the royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to various charitable causes associated with the Miss Ally.

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About the Author...

Quentin Casey is a journalist who holds a master’s degree in Maritime history from Dalhousie University.

His writing appears regularly in the Financial Post, Progress magazine, Saltscapes, and the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal.

An avid sailor, he has also authored Joshua Slocum: The Captain Who Sailed Around the World.

Join us at the Halifax Central Library's Room 301 on Thursday, July 6th for the official launch of Quentin Casey's new book, "The Sea Was in their Blood: The Disappearance of the Miss Ally's Five-Man Crew."  The event begins at 6:30 PM, is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Bookmark II.

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