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post #379 of Old 11-06-2012
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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

I'd like to hear from some of the more experienced guys that would likely
know the kind of effort and specific activities undertaken by the
crew in the kind of weather that the Bounty experienced in the
last 3 or 4 days. I wonder if there was nothing for the crew to
do but ride it out inside or are there activities outside on the
deck that are required during a storm. Does anyone think
that sleep of any kind is possible during those kinds of rough
seas? Just trying to see if fatigue or lack of able bodied
personnel to perform required tasks could have contributed
to the outcome. What about the captain? First mate too
I guess. If the captain rests, the first mate has to
keep the ship on course. Any other remifications
I am missing about the prolonged exposure of the crew
and captain to very rough conditions ?
Also, assuming the Captain knew many hours or days
before that he had really screwed up, were there likely
any other decisions he could have made to improve
the outcome. Such as maybe calling for CG help much
earlier .... perhaps timed before sundown so as to
allow rescue during daylight hours instead of 4:00 am
in the dark. Is that right or was the rescue 4:00 pm
in the afternoon ?
Lastly, is it felt that for the past 4 to 8 hours before
the final abandon of ship, were the weather conditions steadily
getting worse or could the weather conditions actually been
improving even if the ships physical condition was deteriorating?

What I am getting at is the statement made by the captain
to the effect he was going to wait till morning for some kind
of decision making... that leads me to believe weather conditions
may have been improving... maybe because the hurricane
was passing by and getting farther away etc.....
If he could just hold out till morning .... But unfortunately he
could not.

Thanks for the patience for my questions as I have only
been captain in one sea going calamity. 35 knot winds and
5 foot seas blew my 18 ft Hobie over with one passenger
aboard a half mile offshore. Big difference but it doesnt
seem like it when you are gulping sea water while fighting
for air.
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