Andrea Gail

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An informative article, I wrote, about a well-known fishing vessel disappearing in 1991 due to a deadly storm, The Perfect Storm, on October 28th.

Andrea Gail

 

[Date: 10-28-2020]

 

 

There was once a commercial fishing vessel with a stretch of seventy-two feet wide, originally named “Miss Penny”. It had a single shaft propeller with its speed maxed at fourteen miles-per-hour. Aboard the vessel was a crew of six, home ported in Marblehead, Massachusetts—also sailed from Gloucester, Massachusetts. Her final name would soon become “Andrea Gail”, in the hands of Captain Frank William “Billy” Tyne.

Owned by Sea Gale Corp., “Andrea Gail” was built and completed in ‘Seventy-Eight. After the year “Nineteen-Ninety-One”, she was never seen again. On October Twenty-Eighth, her last reported location was one-hundred and eighty miles North-East of Sable Island in Canadian territory. Before her disappearance, she had been twelve years old. It is said that the final words said through communication from Andrea Gail were “She’s comin’ on, boys, and she’s comin’ on strong!” before the radio goes silent for the final time.

Her last communication had been with “Hannah Boden”, the sister vessel, as she had been trapped inside of a deadly storm well known as the “1991 Perfect Storm”. It is also considered as “The Halloween Storm” and “The No-name Storm”, actively occurring between October Twenty-Eighth and November Second. Thirteen lives were known to be taken, including the six aboard of the Gail. The storm, itself, developed off the coast of Atlantic Canada, carrying wind speeds up to seventy-five miles-per-hour. The Perfect Storm was a nor’easter, absorbing Hurricane Grace.

The lives lost of the Gail were Captain Frank William “Billy” Tyne—from Massachusetts, Robert S. “Bobby” Shatford—also from Massachusetts, Michael “Bugsy” Moran—from Florida, Dale R. “Murph” Murphy—also from Florida, Alfred Pierre—from New York, and David “Sully” Sullivan—also from New York. At the time, Billy Tyne had been thirty-seven years old; Bugsy had been thirty-six; Murph had been thirty; Pierre had been thirty-two; Bobby had been thirty; Sully had been twenty-nine. Of  Florida, both, Bugsy and Murph had been from Bradelton; both, Tyne and Bobby were from Gloucester of Massachusetts; lastly, Sully and Pierre were from New York City of New York. May they all rest easy.

The answer for how the radio communication failed is mysterious, along with how far she had traveled after radio failure. The Flemish Cap, an area in Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Nova Scotia is where Andrea Gail had been during the time of the storm. It is known for having a climate of wild weather and a ton of Swordfish. Located on the map, the Flemish Cap is centered at forty-seven degrees North and forty-five degrees West.

As many may know, there is a movie titled “The Perfect Storm”, based on Andrea Gail’s last fishing expedition. It was released on June Thirtieth of the year “Two Thousand”. The idea of creation had been picked up from a Nineteen-Ninety-Seven non-fictional book given the exact name, by Sebastian Junger. The film begins with Andrea Gail making a return to Gloucester from an expedition, a not-so-lucky one. The Andrea Gail owner, Robert Brown, is unhappy with their poor catch, causing Captain Billy Tyne to regather the six-man crew for an additional fishing voyage of the season. As of October Twenty-Eighth, Twenty-Twenty, Andrea Gail has been lost at sea for twenty-nine years.

Linda Greenlaw, captain of Hannah Boden, is a best-selling author, publishing “The Hungry Ocean”, “All Fishermen are Liars”, “The Lobster Chronicles”, and “Recipes from a Very Small Island”. She is also known for being the only sword-fishing female captain on the East Coast of the U.S. Born in Nineteen-Sixty on December Twenty-Second, she is now fifty-nine years of age.

Captain Billy Tyne had formerly been a carpenter and a drug counselor before the sea world had come into play. Captain Billy’s character for the film “The Perfect Storm” has been worded to be overly fictionized by Tyne’s family, attempting to sue. His character was considered to be unprofessional, unseaworthy, and incompetent. Warner Time Entertainment had been accused, by families of the Andrea Gail crew, of breaking Florida law by using their actual names, violating their privacies for commercial usage.

The film is labeled as “based on a true story”, although, many fictional situations were included. Film producers has said that the fiction added to the movie were to give it a more dramatic image and that going off of facts, alone, wouldn’t give you much of something you feel inside of your heart. Pretty heartbreaking, that is.

There is a tribute, each year, paid to the crew of Andrea Gail by the Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial service. Gloucester, also, happens to be the oldest seaport in the United States. As far as Andrea Gail, her last rest there had been on the Twentieth of September the last year she was seen, leaving for her voyage to the Grand Banks. Former Andrea Gail captain of eight years, Richard Haworth, has a belief of her going down under due to modifications made—causing the deck to become closer to the sealine—and from the ship getting overly loaded by their catches. A ship lower to the sea, getting involved in a storm, may be the greatest danger to any fishermen out at sea.

 

Gone, but never forgotten.

“Andrea Gail”

(Captain Billy Tyne)

(Sully)

(Bobby)

(Bugsy)

(Pierre)

(Murph)


Submitted: October 29, 2020

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