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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

Originally Posted by Flatballer View Post
On there is an interview with the "engineer". Article is called Surviving the Bounty. He had joined the ship two months ago. Captain explained at the dock what was up and said he'd understand if they wanted to bail.

Had been around small boats all his life. Received basic safety training and some instruction on climbing the rigging. I'm gonna give them the benefit of the doubt and assume he's a crack diesel and genset guy. He owns a handyman business, not exactly qualifying credentials to be in charge of big marine diesels and gensets.

No mention of the fact that maybe if they had a proper engineer the engine wouldn't have failed.

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You mean this?:


The storm was not unexpected by the crew; Walbridge had called everyone on deck to tell them about the approaching hurricane before they left Connecticut, saying he would under-stand if people decided to get off the ship, Barksdale said.

Everyone stayed.

“Naturally I was a little hesitant about that, but [the captain] explained the situation and it seemed like he had a pretty good strategy,” Barksdale said. “We were going to try and get around the hurricane. Nobody knew that it was going to have the in-tensity and size it ended up having.”

Rough winds and waves shook the ship for about a day and a half.
Crewmembers had to cling to parts of the Bounty or they would be thrown overboard.

Around midday Oct. 28, the crew noticed the ship was taking on more water than normal. Mechanical problems developed, including the failure of one of the main engines and the water pumps. The U.S. Coast Guard and the Bounty’s land office were alerted.

Conditions worsened later in the day. Crew members began pulling out immersion suits — used to keep them dry and warm in the water — and stuffing dry bags with rations in case the order came to abandon ship, Barksdale said.

Up until the early hours of Oct. 29, the crew’s priority was saving the ship.


When the battered and sleep-deprived crew went on deck in the hours before dawn, waves continued to hammer the ship. The Bounty had taken on so much water she was almost on her side with her three masts in the ocean.“It became apparent that you didn’t have much choice, you were going in that water,” Barksdale said.


Barksdale became a crew-member a few months ago, when his friend and the Bounty’s first mate, John Svend-sen, asked him to fill the engineer’s spot on the crew. Barksdale had declined last spring due to family and business obligations, but agreed this time thinking if he turned down his friend again, Svendsen would stop calling.


As the engineer, Barksdale was responsible for the engines, electrical generation and water systems. He was with the crew for almost two months.
Barksdale has been around small boats for most of his life, but this was his first experience with a tall ship. Before setting sail, he received basic safety training and some instruction on climbing in the rigging.


His life already has started re-turning to normal, with work calls coming in for his small business, Honey-Do Handyman. His clients and friends have sent cards, called and emailed since they heard about the Bounty.

Surviving the Bounty: Va. man recalls sinking of HMS Bounty during superstorm Sandy - INSIDENOVA.COM: Virginia & Region: headlines, headlinesscs,

Well, this seems to bring new information:

The Engineer was an Handy-Man and the pumps failed prior of at least one engine. The "engineer" aboard should know about that.


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