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Old 11-12-2012
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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

One incredible aspect of this disaster is that they knew she would open up when pounded and had done so in the past. It's a given that any carvel construction is going to leak when it gets into heavy seas. Having owned many wood boats, including Wheeler, Egg Harbor, and Richardson, I can attest to the fact that leaking is inherent. Many times, after pounding across Gardiner's Bay or Block Island Sound, bilge pumps would work to keep up with seams opening up. It's part of what makes this mystifying. There were all kinds of things to inform them ahead of time to stay put. It should have been an obvious decision.
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