Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Moving West

A gondola sits securely in her truck in New Jersey,
moments before she began moving west for California.


Bepi Venexiano said...

Enough with the teasers, what's the story.

Gondola Sean said...

This is the gondola that was in Massachusetts that was used for fishing. Desperate for money, it's owner convinced a small crew to join him for one more late season fishing expedition. The crew headed out past their usual fishing grounds, leaving a developing thunderstorm behind them. Initially unsuccessful, they head farther out, where their luck improved. At the height of their fishing the cooler breaks; the only way to sell their catch before it spoils is to hurry back to shore. After debating whether to row through the building storm or to wait it out, the crew decides to risk the storm. However, between them and Gloucester is a confluence of two powerful weather fronts and a hurricane, which they underestimate. The gondola endured various problems. With 40-foot waves crashing on top of the deck, a broken ferro ramming the side of the boat, and two men thrown overboard, the crew decide to turn around to avoid further damage by the storm. After doing so, the vessel encounters an enormous rogue wave. Billy tells Bobby to apply full force to row over the wave; it seems that they may make it over, but the wave starts to break and the boat capsizes. Billy elects to go down with his ship, the rest of the crew are trapped and only Bobby manages to surface as he watches the boat go under; however, without a life jacket, he has no chance of surviving. Until November, the location of the wreck was unknown. Numerous expeditions tried using sonar to map the sea bed in the hope of spotting the wreck, but failed due to a combination of bad weather, technological difficulties and poor search strategy. The wreck was finally located, 13.2 miles from the inaccurate position transmitted by crew while the gondola was sinking, by a joint French-American expedition. The key to its discovery was an innovative remotely controlled deep-sea vehicle called Argo, which could be towed above the sea bed while its cameras transmitted pictures back to a mother ship. After the gondola was raised, the salvage crew naturally called Greg and offered him the boat.

Gondola Greg said...

Sean, you are an amazing writer.
I seriously think that maybe you missed your calling.
That was just a "Perfect Storm" of creative writing.

Bepi Venexiano said...

Yes, great writing, you should submit something to "The Onion" Sean.

Gondola Sean said...

100% plagiarized.