The Wreck of the Andrea Gail: Three Days of a Perfect Storm

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The Rosen Publishing Group, 2003 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 48 pages
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Six High-interest Books Sure to Intrigue Your Students Nothing captures the interest of readers like tales of heroism and tragedy. Featuring such disasters as the wreck of the now-famous fishing boat the Andrea Gail during the "perfect storm, " the nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island, and the Exxon Valdez oil spill, this new Rosen Central series is perfect for use as part of the social studies curriculum. The books illustrate the dangers to the individual and to society posed by an incomplete mastery of technology and a misplaced faith in human competence and judgment. The gripping accounts of these tragic events are supplemented with compelling narrative timelines and enthralling firsthand testimonies. Each title includes a discussion of how, in the aftermath of tragedy, changes in technology and procedure were brought about to help ensure that a similar disaster would never strike again. Author Gillian Houghton brings to vivid life the maritime culture of Gloucester, the rough-and-tumble existence on a swordishing boat, and the desperate lives of the swordfishers that make taking dangerous risks with the weather a necessity. Included in this compelling story are first-person observations of the crew's friends and family, accounts of radio messages from the Andrea Gail's captain, and a timeline that charts the ship's last turbulent hours. Also included are photos of the Andrea Gail that have never been published before!

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WeatherTrac was a trade name of a direct reception weather satellite imaging system on board both of boats owned by Bob Brown. They had plenty of weather information comm; the primary purpose of the WeatherTrac system was that it provided real time IR imagery of the Gulf Stream(when weather conditions were suitable to see the ocean surface.) This identified the location of eddies and temperature breaks, as a guide to where to lay their sets. But fishing for good imagery of the Gulf Stream was a little like fishing, period. The satellite based IR imagery did not penetrate clouds to expose the ocean surface everywhere on every image. When they got good surface IR imagery it was a plus.
A secondary use was, the systems also certainly provided far over the horizon visible and IR imagery of cloud cover. But that wasn't their primary purpose.
They had plenty of weather information and comm and weatherfax and so on. They risked and lost under extraordinary circumstances.

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