GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

June 3, 2008

Getting in perfect shape for 'Perfect Storm'


GLOUCESTER -- A group of local volunteers, craftsmen and businesses are laboring to get the Schooner Adventure in perfect shape for a movie appearance in "The Perfect Storm."

Master woodworker Jay McLauchlan of Gloucester has been helping supervise about a dozen volunteers, and last week crane operators helped reset the schooner's towering masts.

Gloucester Adventure Inc., a non-profit group that manages the schooner, had a little help with its spring cleaning from Warner Brothers films, which is expected to start shooting "The Perfect Storm" in Gloucester sometime this fall.

"The masts wouldn't have gone in this early without Warner Brothers' support," said Mary Helen Gunn, administrator for the Gloucester Adventure Inc.

Warner Brothers plans to launch the Adventure and shoot her bobbing in Gloucester Harbor for the movie.

"She's the real thing," Gunn said. "You can't get any more authentic than the Adventure."

The Adventure is one of only five surviving Essex-built schooners in the world.