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post #337 of Old 11-05-2012
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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

Originally Posted by casey1999 View Post
I think a professional examination will say it was a good strategy, but it didnít take into account a complete and utter loss of power
Seems to me, that for a "professional examination" to come to such a conclusion, one would have to largely disregard the fact that the BOUNTY was a Sailing vessel...

Any military commander understands no battle plan is likely to survive the initial contact with the enemy... Similarly, one of the most elemental definitions of seamanship - particularly with heavy weather - IMHO, is the continuous thought given to the question "What do I do IF such and such happens?"

Taking a sailing vessel dependent upon diesel propulsion to make headway, or generators to remain afloat, into the path of a hurricane... yeah, that's a great plan, alright...

Until it isn't...
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