Maritime Disasters that Shook the World

by Chandra Sundeep
Cover picture of Mayday by Beetashok Chatterjee

MayDay! Maritime Disasters that Shook the World by Beetashok Chatterjee is an engaging and informative book on the perils that have unfolded in the world’s oceans. Chatterjee unveils the harrowing tales of thirteen maritime catastrophes that have left an indelible mark on our collective consciousness.

While the saga of the Titanic, the “unsinkable” marvel, is ingrained in popular memory, Chatterjee’s narrative goes beyond the familiar, delving into lesser-known tragedies that have slipped through the cracks of mainstream discourse. Before reading this book, I knew only about the haunting Titanic disaster and the harrowing Sewol incident. However, the revelations within its pages opened my eyes to a multitude of other maritime calamities.

With deft precision, Chatterjee navigates through these narratives, offering a seamless blend of accessibility and depth. His storytelling is imbued with empathy, authenticity, and an unwavering commitment to meticulous detail. Despite the technical complexities inherent to the subject matter, Chatterjee’s narrative remains approachable, ensuring readers of all backgrounds can traverse the tumultuous seas of these tragic events.

While a few readers might feel lost in the maritime lexicon, I enjoyed the details. Thankfully, the glossary of technical terms is mentioned not at the end, but on every page, and for a non-technical reader like me, it was a navigational boon.

What sets “MayDay!” apart from mere retellings of tragedy is Chatterjee’s commitment to not only recounting the events themselves but also dissecting the underlying causes and exploring avenues for prevention. Each disaster serves as a sobering reminder of human greed, and the frailty of human endeavors in the face of nature’s wrath, prompting introspection and a renewed commitment to safety at sea.

MayDay! Maritime Disasters that Shook the World is a captivating journey through tumultuous seas. Through its riveting accounts and insightful analysis, it transcends mere historical documentation and emerges as a beacon of remembrance and a clarion call for vigilance on the high seas. This is a must-read for all who seek to understand the profound impact of tragedy upon the vast expanse of oceanic realms.


I received this book as part of a giveaway organized by Penmancy. This review reflects my honest and voluntary opinion.


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Title: MayDay! Maritime Disasters that Shook the World. Author: Beetashok Chatterjee
Publisher: Readomania Publication date: June 26, 2023
Genre: Non-Fiction Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9789391800536 No. of Pages: 224

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