The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian JungerTakes readers into the maelstrom and shows natures splendid and dangerous havoc at its utmost.
October 1991. It was the perfect storm--a tempest that may happen only once in a century--a noreaster created by so rare a combination of factors that it could not possibly have been worse. Creating waves ten stories high and winds of 120 miles an hour, the storm whipped the sea to inconceivable levels few people on Earth have ever witnessed. Few, except the six-man crew of the Andrea Gail, a commercial fishing boat tragically headed towards its hellish center.
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The vessel and her six-man crew had been fishing the North Atlantic Ocean out of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The story of Andrea Gail and her crew was the basis of the book The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger , and a film adaptation of the same name. She also sailed from Gloucester, Massachusetts , where she would offload her catch and reload food and stores for her next run. Andrea Gail began her final voyage departing from Gloucester Harbor, Massachusetts, on September 20, , bound for the Grand Banks of Newfoundland off the coast of eastern Canada. After poor fishing, Captain Frank W.
On Sept. Like most fishermen, the six-man crew of the Andrea Gail would have preferred a quick voyage. They wanted to get their fish, return to port, and go back to their families with a decent amount of money in their pockets. Every day they spent fishing without a catch meant another lonely day out in the cold waters of the Atlantic. It was especially important for the ship to fill its hold quickly, since the ice machine had broken down , meaning that anything they did catch would be spoiled by the time they got back to port if they stayed at sea for too long. Meanwhile, as the men on the Andrea Gail were cursing their luck, a storm was brewing off the coast.
Rather, Junger, a freelance journalist, intends the phrase "perfect storm" to be read "in the meteorological sense: a storm that could not possibly have been worse. As he reports at the height of his gripping story, when Bob Case, a meteorologist in the Boston office of the National Weather Service, observed the satellite imagery of three storm systems colliding off New England in late October , he experienced a dreadful thrill. My God, thought Case, this is the perfect storm. To be out at sea in the path of such an event would be a catastrophic experience. And so it evidently proved for the six men aboard the Andrea Gail, a foot swordfish boat that disappeared off the coast of Nova Scotia on Oct.