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CAPE MAY POINT, N.J. (AP) — A ship that once towed warships to safety during World War II and battled 40-foot waves to help rescue seven people in what was portrayed in the book and film "The Perfect Storm" is poised to be sunk off the New Jersey and Delaware coasts.

In the absence of survivors, eyewitnesses or wreckage, no one can say with certainty what happened during the final hours aboard the Andrea Gail, other than she disappeared into the cold waters east of Nova Scotia.

The fishing boat that appeared in Hollywood's "The Perfect Storm" portraying the Andrea Gail — the swordfishing boat lost with all hands on board in October 1991 — was heavily damaged in an early morning fire yesterday.

No matter what becomes of the harbor and the city's struggling fleet over the next few decades, Gloucester's identity will be forever tied to its fishing heritage. And part of history's hold on the port lies in the long list of more than 5,000 fishermen who were lost at sea. Not only is it…

Hollywood is changing Gloucester. Location crews for the film "The Perfect Storm" have been busy for the past week building a replica of the Crow's Nest bar alongside the wharf of the Gloucester Marine Railway at Harbor Loop. The new set will be the centerpiece of most of the local filming,…

The lives of six fishermen lost at sea is not only becoming a movie but has also captured the interest of some local seventh-graders. The story, brought to the world's attention through Sebastian Junger's book "The Perfect Storm," had a deeper meaning for students such as Joe Curcuru. "I l…

Hollywood has set up shop on Harbor Loop. The cast and crew of the movie "The Perfect Storm" last night announced their arrival in Gloucester at a press conference for about 150 television and newspaper reporters. The movie, which is based on the best-selling book, traces the last trip of …

A stormy situation between a labor union and movie makers has local officials scrambling to make sure the movie, "The Perfect Storm," is filmed in Gloucester. Teamsters Union officials are asking for more money than usual to work on the movie's set, and Hollywood producers are balking. As …

BOSTON -- Representatives of the Teamsters union and the state film office sat down yesterday to discuss making "The Perfect Storm" in Gloucester, but no agreement was reached. "I don't think Gloucester is out of the mix at this point," said Rockport resident Robin Dawson, director of the M…

A group of local volunteers, craftsmen and businesspeople 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 to supervise about a dozen volunteers, and last week crane ope…

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- Just months out of his surgical scrubs, actor George Clooney is donning fishing garb and sailing some rough seas. The former star of the hit show "ER" is starting to film "The Perfect Storm," which details the last voyage of the Andrea Gail, a doomed fishing boat, …

This is an inside report on the St. Ann Church funeral scene from "The Perfect Storm" filming; inside because it was compiled from what went on inside the church. I will omit all the boilerplate details of the bus rides from Stage Fort Park and the hours spent standing in line to register, t…

SALEM -- Like two old fishing buddies, Sebastian Junger and Linda Greenlaw sat at the bar last night and swapped stories about her black eye, the Boston Strangler, and the book that made them both famous, "The Perfect Storm."Meanwhile, 2,200 people at the O'Keefe Sports Center at Salem State…

The Perfect Storm will become a movie soon next year. It is being directed by Wolfgang Petersen, a popular director who recently directed some other great films including Air Force One.The cast is made up of some great actors including George Clooney as Billy Tyne, the Captain of the Andrea …

GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- Some 400 people filed past the statue of the patron saint of fishermen on their way into the St. Peter's Club last night to hear the author of "The Perfect Storm" read from his nonfiction sea story. The old mariner's hall seemed a fitting place for writer Sebastian Jung…

GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- "Going to sea is like going to prison, with a chance at drowning besides," wrote Samuel Johnson, the 18th-century English poet and essayist.Longtime commercial fishermen truly understand the comparison Johnson makes -- they know offshore fishing boats can become floating…

The cleanup began yesterday for people whose waterfront houses were damaged or demolished in Wednesday's storm. In some cases the damage consisted of cracked foundations and washed-out yards. In other cases, homeowners realized that what was left of their houses would have to be torn down a…

The search for the Andrea Gail continued today, six days after the Gloucester fishing vessel was reported overdue from a trip to the Grand Banks off Canada.Rain and fog temporarily forced the Coast Guard to suspend its air search last night, according to spokeswoman Elizabeth Brannan. But by…

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 A…

GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- A northeaster's giant tides and gale-force winds blindsided Cape Ann on Oct. 30, 1991, leaving a path of destruction that demolished homes, devoured waterfront property and sank a local fishing vessel with all six hands lost at sea.When the winds started blowing on Monda…