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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
According to the Weather Channel documentary and testimony from the crew, the Bounty headed SSE out of New London, CT. One of the crew (I think it was Doug Faunt) said that at one point they adjusted course to head SW toward the leeward side of the hurricane.
Of course, you have to sail SE to get out of Long Island Sound from New London. I don't recall seeing much, if any, SE progress long after they cleared Montauk.
Josh Scornavacchi said when they all had been given the choice to stay ashore or sail into the hurricane, they all chose to go because they had faith in the captain and themselves and had been in storms far worse than Hurricane Sandy.
All three crew members who were interviewed in the documentary said the entire crew was aware of the intent by Walbridge to sail Bounty into a hurricane.
How could they possibly have been able to rationally process their faith in themselves? How many indicated that they had been in a hurricane before? How many had heavy weather experience on Bounty, let alone a Tall Ship, let alone any ship?
Faith in the Captain, for sure, but that's obvious from the fact they stayed aboard. The Captain had to have given them reason to believe this was an acceptable risk.
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