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I check back to this blog often as I love the boats and the stories. I am a maritime artist that specializes in commercial fishing vessels so this blog is right up my alley. Keep up the fabulous work. I will visit Portland soon to gather some reference photo’s for more paintings.
I made the last trip with Billy,Murph,and Bugs aboard the Haddit out of merrits.After that trip he took over the Andrea Gail and I went back to Panama City Fl. which strangely is where she was built.Kenny ,cant remember his name right now who was also on that last trip on the Haddit made 1 trip on the Andrea diddnt like the way mr.Brown shared up and ended up of all places Panama City workking on a local boat.He later died of a heroine overdose in the post office parking lot.Package from up north I assume. I HATE the movie.Billy was fearless and would never have consorted with the crew about what to do. Billy wrung more salt water out of his socks than clooney will ever see.
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It looks to me like you are trying to get paid on the backs of people that have died. From reading your ‘BLOG’ and what you have to say about the Andrea Gail it looks like you are trying to foreshadow that you somehow knew that this boat was going to go down. I am currently reading ‘The Perfect Storm’ however and have already read the parts describing how the work that was done to the vesssel and the reports written up by Simonitsch the marine surveyor, etc. From what Sebastian Junger has written (who is obviously mush more eductaed and informed on the magtter than you) the ship was in perfect condition (as perfect as a commercial fishing ship can be that is runh striclkl;y for profit by men that are willing to take risks on safety to make a little extra cash. There was nothing out of line on the ship that one could look back on now and say it was not sea worthty, or that it was dfangerous, or even second guess the crew on their decisions more so than any other ship sailing out of Gloucester for a profit.
As a software developer and web application designer it looks as if you have taken the name of a ship you have a very questionable and marginal claim to and created a web domain out of it knowing that people that would read the book and see the movie the perfect storm and perhaps do a search on the went to find out more information about the ship that went down and have tried to capitalize off of simply owning the web address and having some knowledge of the vessel (albeit extremely fleeting), regardless of how minor, with the actual ship you are blogging about as if you personally knew the ship and crew and were the only person wise enough to know the ship would soon sink because it was not seaworthy. All of this is of course blatantly obvious to anyone that has read the book because if any of this charade were true even in the slightest you would have been interviewed and featured in Junger’s novel at the very least. I would wager that most people in Gloucester haven’t the faintest idea who you are and you have never stepped a foot on the Andrea Gail. You may perhaps be one of the people described in Junger’s book as having your mail sent to the Crow’s Nest and saw the Andrea Gail out your window from time to time otherwise have absolutely no connection with the boat or crew in the slightest other than you know the name and bought the domain in order to purposely lie and portray yourself as having anything at all to do with this ship or it’s crew.
Is my assessment about right? That is of course rhetorical since we both know that I have hit the nail on the head. I apologize if my spelling or grammar are off as I am quite buzzed at the moment. I just wanted everyone visiting this site to know the truth, that is a complete fabrication by someone pretending that they had anything at all to do with the actual Andrea Gail or its crew, when in reality all you know is its name and have tried to make money and a name for yourself off of men that died at sea that you have probably never even met.
Look , I don’t know who started this blog or web site but I do think its great! I read the book twice and saw the movie about 10 times. Last Fall I visited gloucester and went to the docks, memorial, saw the Island (forgot name), Cape Pond Ice, and the Crow’s Nest. Who ever started this blog BRAVO! All I want to know is what is the status on the search for the vessel? Thanks again
so long ago , Billy Studer called , old mate from Andrea Gail. he reminded me of the time Coast Guard boarded us on the way in to Gloucester, 1991 march , lost my wallet in Montauk while fishing for tile fish with Alfred the Greek ,couple others prior to my trips on the Andrea Gail.
any way Billy Studer was wearing his Mustang suit ,he looked like Coast Guard, while they had me Hand cuffed to the Mast of the Andrea Gail in Gloucester ,early dark morning , Billy was giving the Coast Guard Guys hell , what if the boat sinks Billy said , who is going to save Bobby Baker , not you it’s going to be me . you can not cuff Bobby to the mast, Coast Guard Guy replies GET OUT HERE OR I WILL CUFF YOU too Billy Studer , they had to call the F.B.I. to clarify Baker was not the guy they were looking for, and when frisking me ,they found two joints and two valium in my pocket . funny how Billy Studer Called me 19 years later , i forgot but he remembered, Alfred was off that trip , Billy Studer is the Man @andreagailhistory.com
I am a fifty yr old woman that has a deep passion for the sea. Born and raised in NARRAGANSETT RHODE ISLAND, Now residing in Ohio watching the deadliest catch reminds me of being back home and the deep respect I have for these courageous men. My dream is to one day maybe meet some of them. May God Bless all our fishermen and to thank each and everyone one of them for the delicious crab and fish they put on our plates. God Bless you and your families to keep you safe each and every time you go out to sea, Sincerely Diane C Boucher.
I’ve read a lot about the Andrea Gail, and of course have seen the motion picture, The Perfect Storm. Just tonight on the Discovery Channel, I was watching as Linda Greenlaw was in the process of navigating the Hannah Boden to try and avoid another major hurricane system that was said to be nearly as large as the 91′ weather system that claimed the Andrea Gail was. Linda commented on the loss of the Andrea Gail during the show. I’ve often wondered how much of the movie was based on fact? And how much was sensationalized by Hollywood?
The movie was major Hollywood. Capt. Billy Tyne and Capt. Linda Greenlaw weren’t ever attracted to each other, Sully wasn’t recruited out of a shop on the doc and after the F/V Andrea Gail left port all the movie depicted was what people told the author about what happens on a sword boat. All anybody knew about what was going on during that fateful trip to and from the Flemish Cap was what was said over the radio transmissions to Bob Brown and other boats on the Grand Banks. The movie, like most movies had to put together a story that would sell. If you filmed the movie based on fact it wouldn’t show much and wouldn’t make the big producer a dime. Sword Boats and the site holders are daring and brave if not nuts. I have the deepest respect for them all. I challenge anybody out there who is dry all day, gets 8 hrs plus sleep per night, eats 3 or more meals a day and gets to go home every night and see his loved ones to man up and work a 40 day trip on the banks where cigarettes and a few pain pills are about you get and smell like rotted bait 24/7 not including living shoulder to shoulder with 6 guys who havn’t had a shower in a week or so. The commercial fishing industry is not pretty. This site does get personal and reveals some of the hard facts that go along with how a boat is ran sometimes. Leaving an EPIRB off is just as bad as a cop forgetting to take his gun to work.
Was a crewman(greenhorn) aboard Andrea Gail from July ’87 to April-may ’88. My brother was captain and built the house on the stern. There is a picture that I found online from F/V Cajun Girls that shows 4 crewman and two 400 lb swordfish…I took that picture.
Did we trade pictures of the sword hook in the finger for three days Captain Larry Horne Miss Millie ? ? ?
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I am truly fascinated with the story of the Andrea Gail and wish everyone of those brave souls that were lost God speed and a good rest. I have no background with commercial fishing, however, after having retired from the US Army after 20+ years of service I understand a little bit about sacrifice! I pray that everyone continues to leave messages on this site because I am all the wiser for reading the comments and messages. I do have one question, however, (and please forgive my ignorance) what is an EPIRB? Thanks and everyone keep up the good work. God bless you all and may you find your fishing plentiful!!!