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The Fishermens Memorial In Gloucester, Massachusetts

The Captain and crew of the Andrea Gail

Frank (Billy )Tyne ,Captain

Michael Moran

Dale Murphy

Alfred Pierre

Robert Shatford

David Sullivan.

 

 


(The Flemish Cap is an area of shallow waters 350 miles east of Newfoundland and a popular area for Atlantic fishermen.)

(The Grand Banks is south east of the Flemish Cap and south of Newfoundland and is one of the richest fishing grounds in the world)

(Sable Island is a small sandy island situated off the Canadian coast 190 miles southeast of Nova Scotia.)

(Many books have been written about the Loss of the Andrea Gail and a movie was produced starring George Clooney called 'The Perfect Storm'.)

 

 

 

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters: These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.
From the 107th psalm.
It's been the hub of the fishing industry for nearly four hundred years And has witnessed heartbreaking tragedies that have ended in tears The city of Gloucester in Massachusetts on Americas east coast Is home to the Atlantic's brave fishermen that's no idle boast. In nineteen ninety one on the twentieth day of September A day families of a trawler crew will always remember The captain and crew of the fishing boat the Andrea Gail For the Grand Banks of Newfoundland on that day had set sail. They arrived at the Grand Banks but their catch was quite low So the boats captain decided to the Flemish Cap they'd go An area that they hoped would reap them great rewards The plan was to fill the holds quickly, then set course homewards. The ice machine had broken down so now they had to abort Their catch would have been spoilt, so they headed back to port Meanwhile some high and low pressure was building up at sea But something else was building up that they didn't foresee. Another fishing boat made contact and tried to give warning But contact was lost as a giant storm was now forming Winds built up and got stronger then the storm unleashed hell The roar of those strong winds was sounding the death knell. Conditions slowed the boat down it couldn't go any faster They were oblivious to the fact that they were heading for disaster An experienced crew in bad weather; but this wasn't the norm Hurricane Grace mixed with two fronts that created the storm. There was seventy mile an hour winds and hundred foot waves That sent the Andrea Gail crew to their watery graves The boats owner was concerned that she was long overdue He contacted the U.S. Coastguard out of concern for her crew. On Sable Island the emergency beacon was found washed ashore Along with some other debris but boat and crew were no more The city of Gloucester had suffered yet another tragedy With the loss of the boats crew who'd perished out at sea. No one knows what really happened and many theories abound And theories they remain because the boat was never found The most popular were the holds were overladen with their catch And sea water fouled the engines getting in through the hatch. Fishing has been an occupation since sixteen twenty three When Cape Ann in Massachusetts Bay became a colony And since then ten thousand have been lost out at sea That's why the city of Gloucester is no stranger to tragedy. Written 3rd Of October 2020. For final call of na's, your most meaningful one Sponsored by Chantelle Anne Cook. 3rd place.

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Date: 10/25/2020 5:08:00 AM
This was a great read Tom. I say read but I found myself singing the words in my head..I see and read and hear it as a folk song / sea shanty of sorts. Cheers - Gary
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Date: 10/25/2020 5:21:00 AM
Thank you very much Gary, im happy that you enjoyed it. I hadn't thought if it as a song, love stories of the sea though. Tom
Date: 10/23/2020 8:46:00 AM
The sea is the watery grave of countless millions, your skillfully narrated account of the fate of the Andrea Gail reminds us of what an unforgiving environment the sea can be. A fine write. Cheers - Bill
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Date: 10/23/2020 10:09:00 AM
Thank you very much Bill, they say weather conditions can change in minutes from calm waters to mountainous seas, your right it can be unforgiving. Tom
Date: 10/17/2020 8:12:00 PM
A great story put into rhyme, Tom. I didn't know too much about the Andrea Gail until I read this :) ~Angie
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Date: 10/18/2020 1:48:00 AM
Thank you Angela, the tragic story has been written about and made into a movie. Tom
Date: 10/15/2020 4:09:00 AM
Congratulations on your win. This poem made her come to life.
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Date: 10/15/2020 4:58:00 AM
Thank you very much Caren, they are such brave fishermen and women who go out to sea never knowing if they'll see their homes and families again. Tom
Date: 10/14/2020 6:14:00 AM
Wow Tom. Such a tragedy and you have chillingly recounted it wonderfully here. Linda
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Date: 10/14/2020 7:01:00 AM
Thank you very much Linda, I'd planned to write about that tragedy for some time after seeing the movie, I couldn't get it out of my mind. So tragic. Tom
Date: 10/13/2020 12:40:00 PM
You recount this tragic episode extremely well, Tom. The sea can be a cruel master! Congratulations on your fine win. Regards // paul
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Date: 10/13/2020 1:14:00 PM
Thank you very much Paul, I hope you are well. Tom
Date: 10/13/2020 9:06:00 AM
Well deserved :-)
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Date: 10/13/2020 9:16:00 AM
Lol, thanks again.
Date: 10/13/2020 9:02:00 AM
Congratulations on your win Tom :-)
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Date: 10/13/2020 9:16:00 AM
Thanks for your congrats Lisa. Tom
Date: 10/13/2020 8:32:00 AM
This is really good...You have that magic to tell a story...enjoyed every word of it...
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Date: 10/13/2020 9:10:00 AM
Thank you Arturo, I'm pleased that you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 10/12/2020 10:21:00 AM
Wow, how wellyou describe the loss of the Andrea Gail, Tom. I have written on this topic in the past. The movie "The Perfect Storm" is among my favorites. And now I have a new favorite poem! I doubt the Andrea Gail will ever be found. The funeral for all of the men in the movie was heartbreaking, just like your poem. Excellent! Hugs, carolyn
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Date: 10/12/2020 10:57:00 AM
Thank you very much Carolyn, for a long time now I wanted to compose a verse after seeing the movie a few years ago, its a heartbreaking story and even today men and women risk their lives when they go out to fish and that area around Gloucester has lost thousands to the sea, It's a brilliant movie only the other night I watched it on netflix. Im happy you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 10/11/2020 2:07:00 PM
An appreciably vast length of masterful poetic turns by a thoroughly practiced quill - an indubitable masterpiece on a rich, sweet-sad theme...all wistfully palatable, yet simultaneously doleful for the kinder-feeling peruser. You're such a demonstrably seasoned inditer, Daniel:-)
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Date: 10/11/2020 2:12:00 PM
Thank you very much Hannington, I know many prefer short poems but the only way to tell the story was with the amount of stanzas I used, I'm pleased that you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 10/11/2020 12:20:00 PM
This is written beautifully, Tom. You relayed the story well. Such good imagery and I felt as if I were there. Each line made you anxious to get to the next one. Congratulations!
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Date: 10/11/2020 12:39:00 PM
Thank you very much Sandra, it's a fascinating story although a tragic one, they are brave people both men and women who go out on the sea to make a living. Hope you're well. Tom
Date: 10/11/2020 12:56:00 AM
You have told a fishing story very well, Tom:) I see this has won as it should, congratulations:)
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Date: 10/11/2020 1:49:00 AM
Thank you very much Jo, im pleased you enjoyed it. A movie was made about the tragedy called The Perfect Storm. Tom
Date: 10/10/2020 9:12:00 AM
This is truly a masteriece of story telling and excellent poetry, my friend. Always a great pleasure to read your wonderful poetry. This one is truly superb!! This is truly a great gem and certainly a very fine fav for me. God bless...
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Date: 10/10/2020 11:08:00 AM
Thank you very much Robert, it was a tragic story and since then many more have lost their lives to the sea Tom
Date: 10/9/2020 8:35:00 AM
Congratulations on your win. WOW!!! What a story/write. "Wonderful" Loved it and your information and picture. A Great Job. Enjoy your win and day..............
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Date: 10/9/2020 9:24:00 AM
Thank you very much Paula, im happy you enjoyed it although its a tragic one. Hope you're well and enjoy your weekend. Tom
Date: 10/8/2020 5:18:00 PM
Tom, it is such a joy for me to return to offer you my heartfelt congratulations for your excellent win with your fantastic and harrowing historical poem. Well done, my friend! Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
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Date: 10/9/2020 2:53:00 AM
Thank you very much for your congratulations Susan from a brilliant poet that you are it is very much appreciated. Tom
Date: 10/7/2020 12:34:00 PM
A truly great piece Tom, you tell this so marvellously with great imagery and insightful thought too. This piece of history I hadn't heard about, thanks for your insight. Blessings always,Gordon
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Date: 10/7/2020 1:04:00 PM
Thank you very much Gordon, have had a busy few days so haven't had much soup time. Hope alls well with you. Tom
Date: 10/6/2020 9:13:00 PM
Oh yes, you certainly bring this to life, with your poetry, Tom, love it.
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Date: 10/7/2020 12:57:00 AM
Thank you very much Harry, conditions out in the Atlantic can be atrocious at the best of times. Throw in a hurricane and as they say 'The Perfect Storm'. Tom
Date: 10/6/2020 5:18:00 PM
Tom love this piece. I read the book, The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger. It is an incredible book. I will never forget in his book how Sebastian describes what happens as your drowning. It is riveting and schocking. The seas though were a hundred feet high. Stay safe and keep writing love your wriings. He is an excellent author. If you havent read the book, when you get started you wont put it down. You have written an incredible piece that took me back to 1991. A fav Tom great job.
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Date: 10/7/2020 9:19:00 PM
We will Tom keep in touch. You as well my friend...
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Date: 10/7/2020 1:00:00 AM
Thank you very much Michael, after reading various articles about the tragedy I thought that's a book I want to read. Well spotted, I wrote feet instead of metres grrr, changed it now. Wish you all the best Michael, you and your family. Keep in touch. Tom
Date: 10/6/2020 11:10:00 AM
I've seen this film Tom, its heart breaking and heart rending - they were doomed with thirty foot waves and the intense force of the wind - you describe it as it happened - a sad, true and beautifully written poem. Blessings my friend, Jennifer.
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Date: 10/6/2020 11:18:00 AM
Thank you very much Jennifer, it was such a tragedy, their radio was not working so nobody could warn them and unknown to them they were heading for hell, it must have been horrendous for them, hope your week going well. Tom
Date: 10/6/2020 3:54:00 AM
Superbly written Tom, very sad so many lives are lost at sea and such a massive number, thank you for your informative write, Emilia : )
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Date: 10/6/2020 8:45:00 AM
Thank you very much Emilia, such a tragic story, A staggering amount of lives lost at sea from that area alone. Im happy you enjoyed it. Hope your week going well. Tom
Date: 10/6/2020 12:14:00 AM
Great tragedy told beautifully! recent history! If I visit Massachusetts I shall remember to look this up! You must put this poem on the local council page for the tourists! very nice!
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Date: 10/6/2020 12:30:00 AM
Thank you very much Krish, I'm happy that you enjoyed it. It's a tragic story but one that has been repeated many times since, the sea in all its beauty can turn into a monster when the weather changes showing no mercy to those on it. Tom
Date: 10/5/2020 7:23:00 PM
Hello Tom … a very interesting and informative verse Tom about the perils of the sea indeed. With the amount of lives lost, the sea still draws adventurers and fishermen to it - thank you Tom - Lindsay
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Date: 10/6/2020 12:28:00 AM
Thank you very much Lindsay, I can understand the lure of the sea, there's something magical about it for sure. It fascinates me. Tom
Date: 10/5/2020 5:51:00 PM
Once again, an informative, informed(!) write, for which I thank you, Tom. Here's to your excellent research and penning. Autumn's Blessings, Gershon
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Date: 10/5/2020 7:01:00 PM
Thank you very much Gershon, and to you too. Im happy that you enjoyed it. Such a tragedy to befall those brave Fisher men and sadly there have been many others since. Tom
Date: 10/5/2020 5:27:00 PM
Well written! I read the book and saw the movie “The Perfect Storm.” We remember those who have not returned from the sea. I read a book about the finger lakes too where even the unnamed are remembered.
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Date: 10/5/2020 6:58:00 PM
Thank you very much Kim, I too saw it years ago but have not read the book. Have never heard of the finger lakes, must look it up, you've awoken my curiosity. Tom
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