Seven Hours of Hell: at the oars in Salem Sound

Six miles offshore in Salem Sound, Mike the lobsterman's motor quits. The seas and wind build. Mike puts to the oars. His boat weathercocks heavily, the bilge pump working overtime.

Weathercocking places a boat's bow head-to the wind - a benefit for seaworthiness, a bane if trying to head home in a stern-quartering wind.

Mike calls his dad via cell phone and refuses to call the Coast Guard.

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