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Re: An Informed Opinion about the Bounty
After reading the ABC report, numerous other news reports, and watching the two Youtube videos that were posted, I believe this ship, and its management there of, had lots of problems before it went to sea in the face of the hurricane.
1) ABC described the engineer as a handyman, and there was no mention of his experience, if any with diesel engines, generators, pumps, and the like. Additionally, the article suggests that he didn't have lots of familiarity with what he had on board. I feel that this man did everything that he possibly could to keep things working, but I wonder, had there been a more qualified person in that job, would the outcome have been different? ....
NCC320, some time ago I have read something about that on the GCaptain forum (one of the main forum used by maritime professionals). The generalized opinion was that a professional engineer would get away from that boat really fast.