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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
Some more details about the final days/hours that I haven't seen reported before... Sounds like the engineer Barksdale may not be as inclined to remain as silent as the rest of the crew in the wake of this fiasco... More information is revealed about the timeline of the failure of the generator(s), appears one may have simply run out of fuel, due to a damaged fuel gauge on the day tank...
Two tidbits in particular jumped out at me (emphasis mine):
The crew recognized that the ship was moving too slowly, and that they would be caught in the middle of the storm.
Walbridge wasn't saying much anymore.
Once, when Barksdale went on deck to get some fresh air, he discovered that the captain had changed course, and that they were now traveling to the southwest...
At about 4 a.m., Barksdale realized that he had lost his battle against the water in the engine room. He climbed up to the lower deck, where he saw his fellow crewmembers, but not the captain.
The others told him that it was time to abandon ship.
A Legendary Ship's Final Hours Battling Sandy - ABC News