Originally Posted by wingNwing
Oops, correction, they had already left Canada, they were in New London, CT a few days ago. That totally made sense, then, given Sandy's predicted impacts in NY and New England, that they'd be safer at sea than in port. They ssailed out due east to get well clear of the storm before continuing south. The Navy sent all their vessels out from Norfolk in advance of the storm for the same reason - sometimes you're safer away from the dock!
....in New London as recently as last Thursday.
see The Day - USS Mississippi on the Bounty | News from southeastern Connecticut
I think I'd have looked for a good anchorage in the upper reaches of Narragansett Bay....and put trust in the ground tackle. Going to sea in a naval ship, cruise ship, or merchant ship to avoid a storm is one thing, heading offshore in an old wooden boat (with rot problems as reported above) is something different.
Looks like he was trying to get by Hatteras reaching away from the storm center -- which is what you should do -- when he ran out of time and sea room. The Gulf Stream can as much of a threat in a storm as the shore line is.