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Minggu, 19 Desember 2010

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Final voyage

The Andrea Gail began her final voyage departing from Gloucester, Massachusetts, on September 20, 1991, bound for the Grand Banks. After poor fishing, Captain Frank W. "Billy" Tyne Jr. headed east to the Flemish Cap for better catch. Despite weather reports warning of dangerous conditions, the ship set course for home on October 26, 1991. It is known that the ship's ice machine was malfunctioning and unable to sustain the catch for much longer.[citation needed] This is believed to be a key factor in their decision to head home on the 26th.



The last reported transmission from the Andrea Gail was at about 6:00 p.m. on October 28, 1991. Captain Tyne reported his coordinates as 44°N 56.4°W, or about 180 miles (330 km) northeast of Sable Island. He also gave a weather report indicating 30-foot (9 m) seas and wind gusts up to 80 knots(150 km/h). His final recorded words were, "She's comin' on, boys, and she's comin' on strong". It was reported that the storm created waves in excess of 100 feet (30 m) in height, but it was not confirmed.
No further messages were heard from the vessel and no other ships were able to reach her.