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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
If you look at the position log available via the Bounty website (tallshipbounty) - (current location) it seems that from 10:31 to 13:33 on the 28th Oct, the ship covered 58nm at an average speed of over 19 knots. If this is correct, then given the ship's normal cruising speed of 10 knots, something out of the ordinary must have been experienced. The ship could have been surfing and also riding a gulf stream back eddy. Without input from crew members, it is hard to know exactly what was going on. But if the ship did in fact manage to cover those 58 nm in 3 hrs (and the satellite records suggest they did), the conditions encountered by the vessel would have been beyond extreme, and it would not be surprising that many systems started to fail and the integrity of the rig and hull were compromised. Hard to imagine that any number of crew could have handled such a ship on such a sleyride.
In the interview, the Skipper claims his cruising speed at sea was around 4 Knots, and that his top speed was 12 Knots with bare poles in over 90 Knots of wind. I guess Sandy helped him beat his record. Too bad a lovely lady was also apparently lost doing it!
Last edited by L124C; 11-01-2012 at 06:10 PM.