Shane Murphy was the chief mate on the MV Maersk Alabama when it was hijacked by Somali pirates in April 2009.
The Plymouth native was one of the first on board to see the pirates coming.
"About 20 minutes later there were gun shots outside my door, and it was a terrifying experience, all and all," Murphy said.
A major motion picture about Murphy, Capt. Richard Phillips and the hijacking is scheduled to be released in theaters Friday.
The story, which stars Tom Hanks, is about survival and how Murphy and Phillips survived after four pirates boarded their ship more than 200 miles southeast of a Somali port.
They were later saved by the U.S. Navy.
Murphy recently watched the movie, titled "Captain Phillips", and said it was good.
"I thought it was really good, really action packed. It starts quick and ends with great scene. Tom Hanks did another awesome job. You can't say much more about Tom Hanks, he's one of the best actors out there. And they got some really good actors to play the pirates themselves which to me that was important," he said.
Murphy said the story is fictionalized but audiences will understand what crew members went through.
Murphy says he's still on the water.
"I'm a captain now on Energy Enterprises, a coal ship. I deliver coal to Fall River to a power plant there. I'm just staying on the East Coast and trying to stay out of trouble, enjoy my family and time home," he said.