November 4 - 1991: The Perfect Storm

2001: The way we live now
The crew of the fishing vessel Andrea Gail was lost in the North Atlantic during one of the strongest storms in recorded history. Above is a scene from the movie showing the boat vertical as it climbs a wave. Screen shot from the movie trailer.

1991: Harbors checked from Woods Hole to Cape Breton

The brunt of the storm
was off Cape Cod

On this day in 1991 the Gloucester Times first reported the Andrea Gail, the ship featured in the book and movie "The Perfect Storm", was missing.  The story began:

The Coast Guard continued searching today for a fishing boat due back in Gloucester last Friday from a trip to the Grand Banks off Newfoundland, Canada.

The 70-foot Andrea Gail was supposed to have returned to port by Saturday with its crew of six fishermen, according to Chief Petty Officer Alan Burd.

Several Gloucester fishermen were said to be aboard the vessel, but Coast Guard officials were withholding crew members' names this morning pending notification of their families.

Read the complete story in the Gloucester Times here.

2001: The Way We Live Now

It was at a memorial service for an acquaintance from Provincetown

On this day in 2001, Provincetown seasonal resident Andrew Sullivan wrote about his adopted country in the New York Times:

In crises, some things clarify. I grew up for 20 years in Britain, and I'm now closing in on 20 years of adulthood in the United States. It's funny how feelings of identity arc in such a life. I remember the first time I got a lump in my throat singing ''The Star-Spangled Banner,'' on July 4 about 10 years ago. It took me completely by surprise.

My attachment to my new country had taken shape and form without my even knowing it, until I found myself tearing up in a routine ritual of patriotism. It wasn't that I had left my love of homeland behind. But it was now refracted through the prism of my new love -- a love that is foolish to inspect because it belongs somewhere in the heart where reason doesn't follow.

And then, in the aftermath of Sept. 11, another surprise... My own first moment of silence blurred nationalisms as well. It was at a memorial service for an acquaintance of mine from Provincetown, where I spend my summers. Graham Berkeley was a Brit, a violinist, a business professional, a big, tattooed bodybuilder, who'd been on the flight from Boston that crashed into the World Trade Center's south tower....

Read the complete story here.

Read the rest of "Everything Else Which Happened Today" including in 1671 the Plymouth Colony passed a Sunday law in which death was the fate for dissenters.
   In 1646 the Massachusetts Bay Colony passed a law compelling the people to attend church on Sunday, and invoked the death penalty for those who denied the inspiration of the Bible. here.


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