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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

Originally Posted by PCP View Post
You mean this?:


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.
I have a question about water temperature:

Somewhere I read that the water temperature was 77degF, elsewhere 25degC. If that's true, what's with the Gumby suits? I would not have thought they'd be needed (or helpful) in those conditions if the water was that warm. What have I missed?

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