What's the Difference between The Finest Hours the Book and The Finest Hours the Movie?

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The Finest Hours

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Released: 2009
Author: Michael J. Tougias

The Finest Hours

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Released: 2016
Director: Craig Gillespie
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Bernie Webber
Bernie Webber
Portrayed by: Chris Pine
Richard Livesey
Richard Livesey
Portrayed by: Ben Foster
Andy Fitzgerald
Andy Fitzgerald
Portrayed by: Kyle Gallner
Ervin Maske
Ervin Maske
Portrayed by: John Magaro
Ray Sybert
Ray Sybert
Portrayed by: Casey Affleck
Daniel Cluff
Daniel Cluff
Portrayed by: Eric Bana
Miriam Webber
Miriam Webber
Portrayed by: Holliday Grainger
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In the Book In the Movie
   It stays aground for years. The SS Pendleton sinks right after the crew is transferred to the CG36500 lifeboat.
   The crew sings the hymn, Rock of Ages as they go over the bar. The going is rough and the compass is lost, but the boat stays on the surface the entire time. The engine dies several times but is restarted by a crewman who burns and bruises himself in the process. As lifeboat CG36500 goes over the first large wave it slips sideways and nearly capsizes. They lose the compass. The engine also dies. A crewman primes the engine and gets it started without injury in time to steer the boat properly into the next large wave. They successfully motor over the next few waves but completely submerge one time prior to making it over the bar.
   Sybert slows the ship to 7 knots on his own accord due to the storm. Engineer Sybert on the SS Pendleton is concerned that moving 7 knots will crack a weld on the ship and wants to slow to 3 knots. The captain refuses to slow down.
   This does not happen in the book. The SS Pendleton crew is shown rigging up a manual tiller to steer the ship.
   Chief Bangs and his lifeboat crew arrive at the bow section of the SS Pendleton and find one survivor who is lost after he tries to jump to their lifeboat. Chief Bangs stays out near the bow section for hours looking for more survivors, none are ever found from the bow section. The crew does not try to make Bernie return to shore. Bernie hears Chief Bangs on the radio saying his boat will return due to the weather. Bernie's crew tries to convince him to return.
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