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  • "The boat went dead in the water and immediately turned side-to in the waves—in 'a beam sea,' as it's called. A boat in a beam sea can count her future in hours, maybe minutes.... at one point the sun came out, and Bueno noticed that the larger waves put his wheelhouse in shadow. They blocked out the sun."

    —Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm, 1997 (NY: HarperCollins, 1999), 71–72

    August 19, 2009