Perfect Storm, The - Summary

The town of Gloucester keeps track of its “men who go down to the sea in ships.” Six men who were killed in 1991's “perfect storm” have their names on that list.

On October 23, 1991, Billy Tyne (played by George Clooney in the film) and his crew - Mike “Bugsy” Moran, Dale “Murph” Murphy (John C. Reilly), Alfred Pierre, David Sullivan and Bobby Shatford (Mark Wahlberg) - set their longlines for what they hoped would be the best swordfish catch of the season. Aboard the Andrea Gail, they were fishing in waters off Newfoundland's Grand Banks.

Unknown to Tyne and his crew, one of the rarest meteorological events of the century was developing. Three separate weather systems were on a “perfectly” aligned collision course. A Great Lakes storm system (moving east), a Canadian cold front (moving south) and Hurricane Grace (moving northeast) were all headed for the North Atlantic. They would eventually meet where the Andrea Gail was located.

In this story behind the film, learn how hurricanes develop. See how ships were warned of bad weather during 1991. Meet Billy Tyne and his crew. Inspect the Andrea Gail and the track of the storm which eventually claimed her. Examine the satellite images of the developing “perfect storm.”

Plot the last-known location of the Andrea Gail on the “perfect storm” graph. Compare the size of the boat (72 feet) with the data from a Canadian weather buoy which reported waves of 99.735 feet (30.5 meters). Examine the shoals off Sable Island (where some experts believe the Andrea Gail was lost) and learn what other famous ship - the Titanic - sank just a few hundred miles away.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5183stories and lessons created

Original Release: Jun 01, 2000

Updated Last Revision: May 07, 2019

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