March 21, 2017
By Patrick Flynn
A tag from a fishing boat that famously survived the Perfect Storm off the US coast in 1991, has washed up on a beach in Co Clare.
The tragedy, which resulted in the loss of the fishing vessel Andrea Gail and her crew, was later featured in a film starring George Clooney.
The last vessel to communicate with the Andrea Gail was her sister ship the Hannah Boden which at the time was skippered by Linda Greenlaw. Both boats had been fishing off Massachusetts when they encountered a raging storm which eventually sank the Andrea Gail.
The Hannah Boden remains in active service to this day and it was a tag from one of her lobster pots that was discovered on Fanore beach by beachcomber Liam McNamara last Tuesday.
Liam made contact with a crew member from the Hannah Boden who confirmed that the tag was from the vessel. The tag travelled over 5,000 kilometres across the Atlantic from the US coast but may have been lost overboard between 10 and 15 years ago. Liam said: “It is in fact a tag from the now very famous New England boat, the Hannah Boden, which survived “The Perfect Storm” of 1991 while her sister boat the Andrea Gail which was lost at sea with all hands. A stern man from Linda’s boat has confirmed the tag and license number with Linda herself and confirmed it as being from her boat. I posted it on my Beachcombing page and shared it on some of the USA lobster and commercial fishing sites in the hope of getting it positively identified,” he said.
In September 2015, a United States Coast Guard (USCG) life ring was found on the Clare coast thousands of kilometres where from it was lost overboard in Florida.The life ring, and attached strobe light unit and emergency beacon, were washed up near Byrnes Cove in Kilkee and spotted by the crew of the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter. The US Coast Guard later confirmed the equipment to be from a Response Boat Small Class 25ft from Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral in Florida. Port Canaveral is located 3,900 miles (6,276 kilometres) from Kilkee where the items were discovered.
Gloucester Harbor Saint Peter’s Square Pier
FV Still Kicking Gloucester MA
Gloucester Harbor aglow on a warm winter’s early evening.
Gloucester Harbor from the landing at Oakes Cove Beach
We’re having a touch of delightfully warmer temperatures this late February and I am grateful for the glimpse of spring.
Winter Views of Smith Cove
FV Amanda and Andy
Beautiful Gloucester Harbor in the morning light as the storm was departing.Standing on the pier at I4-C2 HarborWalk.
Harbor dredging clean up continues
Gloucester man at work daybreak
For Nancy and Dave Marciano– I was over at Rocky Neck playing around with this beauty scene. Couldn’t decide which one I like better so posting both 🙂
Capt. Dave’s Hard Merchandise
Photos from an early morning walk all around Rockport Harbor (sub0zero walk I should add). My technique for photographing when it’s 10 degrees out is to snap away until my fingers can’t stand it any more, run back to the car, which has been left running, warm up, and then try again. Repeat in ten to fifteen minute intervals. I have the utmost respect for the fishermen; I don’t understand how they can work on the water when the air temperature is so cold.
Rockport Congregational Church and Shalin Liu Sunrays
One of a sleeping pair of juvenile Double-crested Cormorants
Captain Dave Jewell stopped by Captain Joe’s with his adorable new Labrador puppy Stormtrooper (his young kids are Star Wars fans). He knows how much Joey loves puppies 🙂
Captain Dave Jewell and Trooper
Beautiful fifty degree weather today and happy to be home to Gloucester. Running errands this morning and just had to stop at the Jodrey Fish Pier for the view and take a walk on Good Harbor Beach on this glorious and unseasonably warm day.
Dominic Nesta’s mini-trawler “Tide Skipper” decked out for the season.
Monday night’s sunset from Niles Beach, click image to see full size
Boston City skyline from Gloucester
Hooray – from now until the June summer solstice, the days will be getting longer!
Heading out on a cold December morning, Gloucester Harbor
Knocked about by rough seas and high winds, the pilot house and other large parts of the Blue Ocean dragger overnight washed ashore onto Niles. Updated plans for the ship’s total demise include towing onto the beach and crushing it, which may take place Tuesday.
Diver Ted Barnes reports that efforts to float the shipwrecked Blue Ocean dragger will resume tomorrow, Sunday. The crews and divers will again attempt to get the float straps under the keel. The Blue Ocean is now resting on its port side. See photos from earlier today – Breaking: Shipwrecked Blue Ocean Salvage Underway
Diver Ted Barnes
Work to float the dragger Blue Ocean, shipwrecked at Nile Beach, is underway.
Activity at the Blue Ocean shipwreck early this morning.
Please write and let us know if you know the name of this little salty dog. Thank you!