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post #1014 of Old 11-29-2012
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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

While I have not read each and every posting in this compendium, I have reviewed the video of the Bounty lying ahull in that blow. I see some similarities to modern northwestern seiners, mostly flat-bottomed and shoal draft and carrying a lot of mast, booms, seine blocks and an antenna farm etc with notable weight and windage up high. Common practice in a blow or gale is to face the wind and seas and jog into them, minimizing the chances for a knock-down while maintaining a limited amount of maneuverability. Why would a captain not utilize his engines rather than lie ahull like that, waiting for the "big one" that would lay the boat over. I can only surmise vanity and ego, as in "that's not how it was done" so "we're not going to do it that way"
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