Formerly the Pilot Boat "Can Do"

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    Grampus, salvaged off of Marblehead was the pilot boat "Can Do" lost in the blizzard of '78 taking 4 seasoned mariners with it. The Can Do left Gloucester Harbor in an awful storm in an effort to assist an oil tanker "Global Hope" that had gone aground in Salem (Ma) harbor during the height of the storm.

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    1. Lunablu6363 118 months ago | reply

      wow! reading an account of that story right now...

    2. hamma-d 98 months ago | reply

      for your information, the can do was not assisting the tanker, it was assisting a disabled coastguard boat in danger, while it got lost making its own way to the tanker. the tanker resque had been aborted!

    3. cando15 97 months ago | reply

      yes that is correct, Capt. Quirk was my dad. He was going out to hip the 44 coast guard vessel they lost all electronics and there main engine, they were also lost. My dad new the crew on that boat and he was not going to let them sink. I am so proud of my dad and the other men that went out that night they gave there lives to save others. You can read all about that night in a book called TEN HOURS UNTIL DAWN THE AUTHOR IS MIKE TOUGIAS.

    4. pilotboat1978 84 months ago | reply

      Hi MR. Quirk

      My name is yurii broughton .i live in navarre beach florida. I just finished the book about your father. i sent a e-mail to mr tougias telling him it is the best book i have read. he said he may forward my mail to you. i hope he did. It would mean so much to me if you would contact me. My e-mail is and phone is 850-939-6922. Thank you so much your friend yurii

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