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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
The lesson to be learned from Bounty is most likely to be this and I believe there is a preponderance of actual evidence to suggest its odds are very high.
Being a nice, passionate and knowledgeable Captain accrues no benefit against continually taking on serious risks and having survived them in the past. We should all keep in mind, just because we've successfully lived through a past mistake, we shouldn't keep making it.
And, yes, the Rule 62 Captain is also presumably at fault. Understanding how or why they made a decision, doesn't change that. Although, we hope to learn from it. The best connection to that tragedy is how long it has been with no answers from authorities. The authorities are not invested in helping us learn anything, that's an optional side affect. They are only invested in whether their rules were broken and whether they may want to suggest new ones. Very different perspectives.
Disagree with your last three sentences. I've been on such a Board and we were indeed interested in educating the maritime public. That's why the reports typically posit proximate cause, contributing causes, findings of fact, and recommendations for the future. Why don't we wait and see on this Board too.