Their gripping struggle to stay afloat in the face of 70-foot waves was recorded and preserved via shortwave radio and recounted in the book “Ten Hours Until Dawn” by @text1:Michael J. Tougias@text1:.
A screenplay of the event by @text1:Teresa Sullivan@text1:, wife of retired and Gloucester-based United States Coast Guard Adm. @text1:Timothy Sullivan@text1:, is currently in the hands of local movie star and director @text1:Ben Affleck@text1:, according to Quirk. Others have expressed an interest.
All five men were volunteers who headed into violent seas expecting nothing in compensation. The tanker and Coast Guard vessel survived the storm, but the rescuers never returned. They were honored on the anniversary of the storm at the Gloucester Coast Guard Station earlier this month.
The way it was is the way it is
That’s the word from @text1:Joseph Finegan@text1:, a Peabody resident and retiree who once worked with the Corps of Engineers. He’s anxious to see Crystal Lake dredged to a depth of 8 feet in order to lessen the growth of lily pads, weeds and tangles of aquatic plants.
But he doesn’t want to go back to the days when you could swim in Crystal Lake because he just doesn’t remember a time when you could. In fact, he says, “In the summer of ’64 and the summer of ’65, it went dry.” The era was marked by drought. “Both years. It was just a mud flat.”
Further, Finegan remembers that when he moved to Peabody in the 1960s, the lake and adjacent Elginwood Pond were only “3 or 4 feet deep.” The silt that is slowly filling it is “a natural condition,” a thing that happens to small bodies of water everywhere.
Even so, Finegan, who was part of a team studying the waterway in the 1990s, is working today with Ward Councilor @text1:Barry Sinewitz@text1: to have the lake and pond dredged, thus providing beauty and recreation.