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HMS Bounty captain Robin Walbridge remembered as quiet, humble - Tampa Bay Times
"The decision to set sail rather than remain at port is now being second-guessed.
But Bredeson, who wanted to sail on that trip but was told to join the crew in St. Petersburg instead, said Mr. Walbridge would have weighed the storm against the dangers of staying docked.
In port, a 412-ton ship or its spars could easily have been tossed into other ships or onto land, endangering other lives.
Besides, Bredeson said, "All of those conditions the Bounty has been through before."
His wife said she received an email from her husband during the storm. In the blur of events, she does not remember exactly when it arrived.
"He said they were taking on water and they might have to abandon ship," she said.
She said her husband probably died trying to help Christian, a distant granddaughter of original Bounty mutineer Fletcher Christian and a new sailor.
That would be just like Mr. Walbridge, she believes — the most experienced sailor on board risking his life to save a rookie."