Coastie heroics get top billing in ‘Finest Hours’ movie


In the Coast Guard, they say, ‘You gotta go out.’ But they don’t say you gotta come back in.

Fifty years ago, two oil tankers were ripped apart by an terrifying blizzard off the coast of Massachusetts, but most of the men on board survived thanks to the crew of a 36″ Coast Guard life boat.

This winter Disney will release “The Finest Hours,” based on the 1952 rescue of the SS Fort Mercer and SS Pendleton by Coasties from Lifeboat Station Chatham on the south coast of Cape Cod.

The movie stars Chris Pine as Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Bernard Webber and Casey Affleck as Ray Sybert, one of the tanker crewmen.

The crew spent last fall and winter filming in Chatham as well as Boston and Quincy, Massachusetts. The film is set for a January release. Read more about the historic rescue here.


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