Story of Peabody's Frank Quirk, Boat Captain Who Died in Rescue Attempt, Gets Hollywood Interest

The story of Peabody's Frank Quirk, the captain of a pilot boat that made a doomed rescue attempt during the Blizzard of '78, is getting a read from Ben Affleck, according to the Salem News.

The book and subsequent movie "The Perfect Storm" has become etched in local memory and has special appeal in towns like Swampscott with a rich fishing heritage.

Now a long-neglected story of heroism at sea during the Blizzard of '78 could be getting similar treatment.

Word from the Salem News is that actor and director Ben Affleck is examining a screenplay based on the incident.

Peabody's Frank Quirk captained the pilot boat "Can Do" as it tried to aid a tanker that went aground in Salem Harbor during the storm.

For more on the screenplay, see the Salem News report.

Here is an extended YouTube presentation about the "Can Do."

A book, "Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy About the Can Do," is also available.


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