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Postby island » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:48 pm


HMS Bounty sinks 90 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nati ... d/1665339/

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10 ... coast?lite

Coast Guard video of rescue. Note the woman's voice. She is serving as the eyes for the pilot at the controls.
http://boingboing.net/2012/10/29/rescue ... s-hms.html
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:57 am


I still question why in the world they took that ship out knowing that the storm was bearing down! Seems like such a needless tragedy.
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Postby mikev » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:31 am


The standard line, that ships are safer at sea than in port, is true. But crew members aren't safer at sea, they're safer in port, and had the ship been damaged or sunk in port the organization at least would have had a chance to raise and repair her. It's pointless and perhaps a bit heartless to second-guess, though; it's a tragic loss, and my sympathies to the families of the captain and crewmember who were lost and to the ownership organization.
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:52 am


Agreed, Mike. And my sympathies to all as well.
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Postby MontaukPoint » Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:11 pm


I'm not sure I buy the "ships are safer at sea" argument in this case. I'd attribute it to bad judgement.
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Postby island » Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:58 pm


Safer at sea for ships with steel hulls. Not safer for a wooden ship when pitching and rolling in storm waves puts considerable stress on the hull that can cause failue of plank fasteners and then the caulking in the seams between the hull planks. Unwise also is to attempt to sail down the east coast with a severe storm system moving up the coast. It is rather heartless to second guess but the fact is the captain of the Bounty was attempting to second guess this storm. He guessed wrong, very wrong. It is fortunate more lives were not lost.
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Postby Kevin vk2ce » Wed Nov 07, 2012 11:13 pm


And if the engine hadn't failed and they had made it around the storm he would have been lauded as a hero.
There are a lot of "experts" out there but only one person knew what really happened and he's no longer with us, sadly.
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Postby island » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:34 am


If it had not flooded then both engines would not have failed. This craft had two John Deere 375 hp engines.
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Postby Kevin vk2ce » Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:35 am


It would have been interesting to see what would have happened if Bligh had been faced with a similar decision, and he didn't have engines.
I have a great deal of trouble accepting the fact that a man with Walbridge's experience of the Bounty would take the decision he did without believeing it was the right thing to do. Some of the comments on Youtube are nothing short of disgusting. I just hope his family doesn't read them.
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Postby island » Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:39 pm


Federal scrutiny on the Bounty's ill-fated final voyage. This week, a federal safety panel will open a hearing into the fatal sinking of the Bounty
http://www.pressherald.com/news/federal-scrutiny-on-the-bountys-ill-fated-final-voyage_2013-02-10.html
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