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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
Oh, for crying out loud I promised I would not do this.
Suppose that the investigation reveals that the malfunction had absolutely nothing to do with the weather...that the lee shore had no effect on the outcome...that the vessel would have sunk anyway without a hurricane to the southeast? Based on the captain's statements, this ship had seen worse than 18 ft. seas and 40 knot winds before.
I am not denying the presence of the weather, and the questionable judgement to head out. But it is possible that the facts could show that the weather was not a factor in the root cause, and then much of the speculation about it becomes moot. Had he stayed in for the hurricane, nobody would have died on that day. But what if the nature of the malfunction was something that would have happened on his NEXT trip out, and would have led to the same fatal result? Then the hurricane is moot, and people still would have died. It's purely speculation, but two can play that game.
You're absolutely right about the fact that the boat could have dropped a plank or something similar and went down like a rock. Maybe someone on the re-fit forgot to fasten a plank...who knows? Anything is possible. The thing most are questioning is the decision to go rather than stay put. I don't think anyone on this thread would have set out and headed into a hurricane by choice. As I said previously, it just makes no sense. The simple equation is that if the boat was not where it was, these people would probably still be alive. Losing that theoretical plank when she was not heading into a hurricane would have very likely resulted in a different outcome. Then again, maybe in a worse outcome much farther from shore and help with the loss of all hands. The frustration and anger of most posters is based on the decision to sail which just can't be fathomed. In the grand fateful scheme of things, maybe it actually saved the other 14 crew members.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.
Last edited by smurphny; 11-05-2012 at 10:45 AM.