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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

Originally Posted by TakeFive View Post

There was never anything of the sort posted on this thread. Maybe YOU should go back and reread. When you find something, post it here.
Just on the first 3 pages or so :

They were on passage from Canada to Florida, and they had left Canada before Sandy was even a tic on NHC's radar. They detoured WELL east of the storm track,
They really weren't being that crazy and conditions where they are aren't so horrible.

It doesn't seem like 18' seas should have been too much for a boat of that size. Sounds like she opened up some seams and pumps couldn't keep up with it. ..There may be no fault other than inadequate pump capability or lack of bottom maintenance.
Many larger vessels (including navy ships, cruise ships) put to sea for hurricanes since they are more likely to be damaged or sunk in harbour. I suspect the HMS Bounty was somewhere in the projected landfall area of Sandy and was trying to get south to safer water...damned if you do and damned if you don't.
That totally made sense, then, given Sandy's predicted impacts in NY and New England, that they'd be safer at sea than in port. They ssailed out due east to get well clear of the storm before continuing south.

Originally Posted by TakeFive View Post

Are you saying that no investigation is needed? That the USCG will be wasting their time? Why don't you call them and suggest that - I'm sure they'll be open to your opinions.


Regarding an investigation, of course it is necessary, no to access Captain's blame into deliberately sailing a XVIII century designed wooden ship on the path of an hurricane but to understand how can this can have happened and to prevent that it will never happen again.



Last edited by PCP; 11-17-2012 at 03:27 PM.
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