White Squall (film) A recounting of a 1961 adventure-filled ordeal of a sea captain and a group of teenage boys who set off on a brigantine sailing school called The Albatross for an eight-month Caribbean voyage. When a freak storm sinks their ship, the survivors are forced to confront their tragic situation and discover their own inner strengths. The survivors are rescued by a tramp steamer and returned to Florida, but in the aftermath of their ill-fated voyage and the ensuing Coast Guard inquest, they come to some important realizations about themselves. A Hollywood Pictures film. Directed by Ridley Scott. Released on February 2, 1996. Stars Jeff Bridges (Sheldon), Caroline Goodall (Dr. Alice Sheldon), John Savage (McCrea), Scott Wolf (Chuck Gieg), Balthazar Getty (Tod Johnstone). 128 min. Filmed in CinemaScope. Released on video in 1996. Filming took place in the Caribbean, and utilized the islands of St. Vincent, St. Lucia, and Grenada. Additional filming was done in a water tank on Malta; near Cape Town, South Africa; and in the United States. The boat used as The Albatross was the Eye of the Wind, a 110-foot topsail schooner built in Germany.