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.
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.