Moby-Duck: The true story of 28,800 bath toys lost at sea... by Donovan Hohn.

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The extraordinarily descriptive sub-title doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of this delightful adventure into the heart of the sea and all its mythmaking potential. Here’s the setup. On January 10, 1992 the container ship Ever Laurel, en route from Hong Kong to Tacoma, rolled violently and a shipment of 28,800 bathtub toys fell overboard. A rather mundane (and, as we learn, all too common) occurrence takes on a life of its own as a rather routine insurance claim becomes a media tale of epic (and more-or-less erroneous) proportions.  Hohn follows the trail of the toys from their humble metamorphosis as yellow polyethylene goo in China’s Pearl River Delta to seafaring icons.  It's all here: the science of hydrography, the chemistry of plastics, the history of childhood, the terrifying world Arctic exploration, the secret world of international shipping conglomerates, maverick environmentalism, and high tech oceanography. Hohn introduces us to a cast of intriguing and unforgettable characters and delivers it all in the sort of eagerly inquisitive, whimsical, self-effacing prose that will keep you fascinated to the very last page. Check Our Catalog

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