The Andrea Gail

Scale model of a fishing trawler

1:60 scale, Wooden hull, 10.83″H, 14.17″L, 4.13″W

The boat made famous by the movie “The Perfect Storm” starring George Clooney!

The Andrea Gail, an unassuming commercial fishing vessel departed Gloucester Harbour, Massachusetts, September 20, 1991 with six crewmembers on board. The crew intended to make a fishing trip for swordfish in the area of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, Canada. The vessel and six crewmembers remain missing and are presumed lost at sea in a major storm, referred to as the “Perfect Storm” by a meteorologist and made famous by Sebastian Junger’s book, which was later turned into a movie.

This kit contains English translation instructions, all measurements in the booklet are in Metric

All of the 600 Series Model Boat Kits (item numbers 600-609) include an easier way of building the hull. The hull is assembled in halves, on a table. This allows for easier assembly and is quite useful in learning plank-on-frame or plank-on-bulkhead construction! Once each half is done you join the two for a completed hull. Make sure you work each half in opposite directions so that when joined they marry up evenly!

Paints used on this model boat kit are: BB#1, BB#3, BB#4, BB#6, BB#9, BB#11, BB#14, BB#17, BB#33, + BB#40 thinner




  • BB608
  • 1:60 scale
  • Wooden hull
  • 10.83″H
  • 14.17″L
  • 4.13″W

About: The Andrea Gail

About the Ship Andrea Gail

Andrea Gail was a commercial fishing ship that gained notoriety in the early 1990s when it was caught in the midst of a catastrophic storm known as the “Perfect Storm“. The ship was named after the daughter of its owner and captain, Robert ‘Bobby’ Brown, who had purchased it in 1986. Measuring just over 70 feet in length, the Andrea Gail was a sturdy and reliable ship that had a reputation for bringing in large hauls of swordfish and tuna from the treacherous waters of the North Atlantic.

The ship was built in 1978 in Nova Scotia and was originally named the Miss Penny. It was later sold and renamed the Andrea Gail when it became part of the fleet of the now-defunct fishing company, Jamaica Swordfishing. The Andrea Gail was a traditional fishing boat with a wooden hull and a powerful diesel engine that could reach speeds of up to 10 knots. It was equipped with state-of-the-art fishing equipment and had a crew of six, including Captain Brown, his first mate David ‘Sully’ Sullivan, and four other experienced fishermen.

The Andrea Gail was known for its rough and rugged appearance, with a weathered exterior and a cramped interior. The main deck housed the fish hold, where the catch was stored, as well as the engine room and the wheelhouse. The wheelhouse, located on the upper deck, was where the captain and crew could control the ship’s navigation and monitor the weather conditions. The ship also had a small galley and sleeping quarters for the crew, but these were basic and often uncomfortable.

Despite its rough appearance, the Andrea Gail was a well-maintained ship that was regularly inspected and updated to meet safety standards. However, it was not equipped with the latest technology for tracking weather patterns, and its radio equipment was outdated. This would prove to be a fatal flaw when the ship encountered the ‘Perfect Storm.’

On October 28, 1991, the vessels set out from Gloucester, Massachusetts, with a mission to bring back a large haul of swordfish. Little did the crew know that they were sailing into one of the most powerful and destructive storms to ever hit the North Atlantic. The ‘Perfect Storm’ was a convergence of three weather systems that created massive waves and hurricane-force winds. Despite their experience and the ship’s capabilities, the crew of the Andrea Gail were no match for the ferocity of the storm.

The last communication from the Andrea Gail was a distress call from Captain Brown, reporting that the ship was taking on water and in danger of sinking. The ship was never seen or heard from again, and all six crew members were presumed to have perished in the storm. The tragedy of the Andrea Gail and its crew captured the attention of the nation and brought awareness to the dangers of commercial fishing and the unpredictable nature of the sea.

Today, the Gail remains a symbol of bravery and resilience in the face of nature’s wrath. Its legacy lives on through the book and movie ‘The Perfect Storm,’ which tells the story of the ill-fated ship and its crew. The Andrea Gail may have been lost at sea, but its memory will always be remembered as a testament to the courage and determination of those who risk their lives to provide for their families and communities.

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