Originally Posted by svHyLyte
From Post #25:
Also, the CG Pilots reported that seas were in excess of 30' when they were extracting the crew from their life-boat making extraction very difficult.
Putting to sea was a very foolish move. Having gotten to where they were, they would have been forced to sail west with the storm southeast of them and then turn southwesterly into the "Navigable Quadrant" but, finally southeast once the storm passed them as they could only scud before the winds which would have become westerly once the storm was well north of them. That would have placed the seas on their beam and it would have been rolling its guts out. The hull would have torqued up and I'm sure that would have sprung one or more seams. Fortunately only one innocent was lost. The Captain, basically, wrote her and his own death warrant.
That was almost exactly what one professional sailor had said on a professional forum. It seems quite plausible. They said also that the electrical installation was so bad that any significant amount of water sloshing around would short-circuit everything and the generators would stop working. That means pumps out of service. Something like that had occurred with the Bounty in 1998. That time the Captain was lucky.
Southpinellas: 'Bounty' nearly sinks while headed to St. Petersburg