Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Perfect Storm

The movie "The Perfect Storm" is on TNT as I'm writing this. For those of you not familiar with it, the movie is based on author Sebastian Junger's non-fiction novel of the same name. It is the story of the Andrea Gail, a swordfishing boat out of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The boat was lost at sea, approximately 600 miles off of the coast of Nova Scotia in 1991 during an October Nor'easter that was totally off of the charts in terms of intensity and strength. The six men that were lost with the boat had families that were left behind.

Two other stories that were linked to the Andrea Gail were the loss of the two Air Force Pararescuemen (PJ's) who attempted to rescue the crew of the Hanna Boden, another ship that was caught in the same storm. Ultimately the Hanna Boden crew was rescued by the Coast Guard not long after the PJ's were lost.

Click on the above link and it leads to the web site of The Perfect Storm Foundation, a non-profit organization that awards scholarships to students who are the children of Gloucester's fishermen. It's a foundation that is worthy of support. Check them out.

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
-- Eternal Father, Verse 1

No comments: