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The Hooligan Navy gains visibility

Release Date: June 7, 2011

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Good Old Boat learned in late May of a documentary movie offered by the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame as a tribute to the sailors who -- as part of the U.S. Coast Guard in World War II -- patrolled the U.S. East Coast looking for German submarines. The National Sailing Center wrote:

As a Memorial Day tribute to those brave men and women who protected our country, The National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame is now streaming on its home page, Facebook page and YouTube channel a short film clip from the documentary "The Hooligan Navy." The entire 47-minute film is also playing in our online Film Library.

It's hard to believe, but true: American recreational sailboats were used as ships of war during WWII. "The Hooligan Navy" tells a little-known story about the Corsair Fleet, a band of young yachtsmen and fishermen who were recruited into service -- their vessels "armed" -- so they could patrol the coastline of America's Eastern seaboard and, if necessary, engage Nazi U-boats. The sailors and their sailing yachts were sent out so quickly the grey paint was still wet when they left the docks.

We enjoyed the short movie and recommend it for you too. We have particular interest in this aspect of American history because Good Old Boat author and subscriber Jule Miller has just released his own excellent book -- a work of historical fiction -- on the subject. Called Voyages in Desperate Times, Jule's book uses a "framed narration" style to contrast the culture of the 1940s with today and to tell the story of our hero generation to those who have come later.

Jule's book has just been released by Amazon. The book sells for $11.95 and the Kindle version is $6.95. Click here for link.

We liked Voyages in Desperate Times so much that the editors of Good Old Boat have decided (with Jule's permission) to produce our own audiobook version. That book will be released later this summer as a downloadable audiobook through our downloads site at:

If Jule Miller's name sounds familiar to you, that's because we have already released one of Jule's books in audiobook format. A Voyage Toward Vengeance is a real sailors' thriller. The unabridged production offers 10.6 hours of edge-of-your-seat listening. To hear an excerpt from that book or to learn more about the other 11 audiobooks, please visit our audiobooks site:

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