american MFV Andrea Gail (+1991)
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general
nationality american
purpose fishing
type trawler
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1978
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 92  grt
dimensions 21.95 x 6.1 x 3 m
material steel
engine 1 diesel reduction engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power  
speed 15  knots
IMO/Off. no. 592898
about the loss
cause lost gale/storm
date lost 28/10/1991  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.6rank: 661
about people
builder
Eastern Marina Inc. (Eastern Shipbuilding Group), Panama City (Fl)
owner
Brown Robert, Marblehead
captain Tyne Billy
no. of crew 6
about the wreck
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war grave
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entered 28/11/2007
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last update 18/11/2011
 
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Lettens Jan29/11/2007
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Lettens Jan06/12/2010
  • Andrea Gail a fishing ship, departed from Gloucester on 20th Sept 1991, bound for the Grand Banks. The fishing results being poor, Capt. Billy Tyne decided to fish near the Flemish Cap.
  • On 28th October, when returning home, the ship encountered a horrifying storm. At around 18:00h, Capt. Tyne reported 30 ft high waves and wind gusts up to 80 knots, his position being 44°N 56,4°W, some 180 miles East of Sable Island. His final words were, 'She' s comin' on boys, and she' s comin' on strong!'. Then the radio went silent, no distress signals were ever seen or heard of her.
  • An extensive rescue effort was launched by the US and Canadian Coast Guards, but to no avail.
  • The 6 crew members, who perished with the ship were: Captain Billy Tyne, Robert Shatford, Dale Murphy, David Sullivan, Michael Moran and Alfred Pierre.
  • On 6th November 1991, a 406Mhz EPIRB, a propane cylinder, and a fishing net location beacon were found on the SW corner of Sable Island. All items were suspected to be from F/V Andrea Gail.
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Lettens Jan06/12/2010
  • Andrea Gail a fishing ship, departed from Gloucester on 20th Sept 1991, bound for the Grand Banks. The fishing results being poor, Capt. Billy Tyne decided to fish near the Flemish Cap.
  • On 28th October, when returning home, the ship encountered a horrifying storm. At around 18:00h, Capt. Tyne reported 30 ft high waves and wind gusts up to 80 knots, his position being 44°N 56,4°W, some 180 miles East of Sable Island. His final words were, 'She' s comin' on boys, and she' s comin' on strong!'. Then the radio went silent, no distress signals were ever seen or heard of her.
  • An extensive rescue effort was launched by the US and Canadian Coast Guards, but to no avail.
  • The 6 crew members, who perished with the ship were: Captain Billy Tyne, Robert Shatford, Dale Murphy, David Sullivan, Michael Moran and Alfred Pierre.
  • On 6th November 1991, a 406Mhz EPIRB, a propane cylinder, and a fishing net location beacon were found on the SW corner of Sable Island. All items were suspected to be from F/V Andrea Gail.


PS: The plot for the movie ´The perfect storm´ was based on the fate of Andrea Gail. What the men of Andrea Gail have gone through, must have been terrible. The plot of the movie is ok, but the movie is showing waves being 3 times the size of the boat (72ft), or about 216 ft high!.
The movie was directed by Wolfgang Petersen, best known and admired for the fantastic World War II submarine warfare film Das Boot.
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