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Old 10-31-2012
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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

It's important to wait and hear the report. We do know a few facts - the departure date and place & the weather report. I was anchored in a hurricane whole just ouside ELizabeth City when I heard the coast guard pan pan at 2am, asking ships to keep a lookout for HMS Bounty, and last location was 90 miles SE of Hatteras. I remember thinking - There are no ships THERE. I then went online to see if I could discover where they left from - I found their schedule. Assuming they kept it, they left from New London and next schedule was Fla for beginning of November showcase.
I know that if I had been crew, I would have jumped ship before it left port. In a lifetime of sailing, I have only had to do this once. If they wanted to go out to sea and ride out the storm, I still wouldn't have left.
One of the most destructive things is a schedule. One fact we were given was the Captain was skirting the storm and his destination was Florida. Schedules damage and kill. A schedule is never worth it.
sv Mary T Pearson P35
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