The storm sank the swordfishing boat Andrea Gail. The story became the basis for Sebastian Junger’s novel “The Perfect Storm.”
According to Junger’s novel, the Andrea Gail is presumed to have sunk after midnight Oct. 28, when the storm was still intensifying. Remnants washed on shore at Sable Island on Nov. 5.
Two men drowned off Staten Island when their boat capsized. A man fishing on a bridge was swept off in New York. A fisherman was swept off the rocks in Rhode Island. Six fisherman were lost after the Andrea Gail sank.
Federal disaster areas were declared in seven Massachusetts counties, five in Maine and one in New Hampshire.
Total damage was estimated at more than $200 million.
The storm turned south and became a small hurricane after Nov. 1. It is listed as the “Unnamed Hurricane” by the NOAA. The hurricane reached maximum sustained winds of 75 mph on Nov. 1.
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (noaa.gov)
To read the NOAA's complete coverage of the Perfect Storm of 1991, click here.