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"The Perfect Storm" Summary Essay

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The Perfect Storm, written by Sebastian Junger, is a novel about a six-man crew on a commercial fishing boat called the ""Andrea Gail"". It takes place in October of 1991. The crew of the "Andrea Gail" leaves from Gloucester Massachusetts on a sword fishing expedition. They fish from Georges Bank, which is off the coast of Massachusetts, to The Grand Banks, located off the coast of Newfoundland. They also travel to the Flemish Cap which is located in almost the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. On their way back home, they encounter a freak storm that consisted of a hurricane, a low coming from over the great lakes, and a cold front coming from the Canadian Shield. This is now known as the "Perfect Storm."Georges Bank, 1896In this chapter a mackerel schooner found a bottle with a note in it. The note was a goodbye letter to anyone who found it. It told about how the crew struggled but everyone knew it was the end. Also a ship named "The Falcon" set sail one year earlier and never came back.Gloucester, Mass., 1991In this chapter you start to meet the majority of the characters. The first one you meet is Bobby Shatford. He has recently got divorced and is now with a girl named Christina Cotter. He has just accepted a job on the "Andrea Gail" because he has a chance that he will make $5,000 dollars in one month. He needs the money to pay off child support. Some other characters that are introduced are Bugsy and Murph, who are some of the crew members. You also meet the captain Billy Tyne and Ethel Shatford, Bobby's mother. She is worried because the Grand Banks are known for rough weather.God's CountryIn chapter three Junger explains the dangers of fishing and the history of the Grand Banks and Georges Bank. The Grand Banks gets such bad weather because a jet stream pushes the storms from the great lakes over the fishing spots. In this chapter you also meet a man named Albert Johnson, the captain of a boat called the "Mary T."The Flemish CapIn this chapter, the "Andrea Gail" sets out for the Flemish Cap, a fishing spot northeast of the Grand Banks. There the meet up with another boat, the "Hannah Bolen" which is captained by Linda Greenlaw, to refuel. He is trying to stay out longer to make a profit. They finally caught some fish and started heading home on October 25th. On October 27th the weather report is bad because a hurricane is coming off Bermuda, a storm is coming from the great lakes, and a cold front is coming down from the Canadian Shield. At the end of the chapter the weather systems start to collide.The Barrel of the GunIn this chapter captain Billy has two options, stay out of the storms way, or try to make it home before the fish spoil. He chooses to head for home. Not too many people predicted this would happen, but meteorologist Bob Case had. By then the storms had collided and were...

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