Originally Posted by PCP
...One last comment to say that if not all Tall ship Captains made public statements about Bounty's captain to sail out of port to an hurricane, all that talked showed disapproval about that decision...
See what I mean about people rolling back their prior statements?
But I think that even your revised statement may be inaccurate. Like much speculation and chat room gossip, you are a victim of sampling bias. It is likely that there were some who spoke less critically of the captain, but it was less "newsworthy" so their statements did not go viral like the critical statements.
It's easy to sit at your computer with 20/20 hindsight and say the captain made the wrong decision. Since there were fatalities, it is clear that it was a bad decision. It goes without saying, which is why it is not necessary to repeat it and repeat it and repeat it...
What I am interested in hearing is what were the facts and prior experiences that led to his decision. The fact that the USCG forced Bounty out of port as Hurricane Andrew was approaching is one of those facts that can put this decision into a broader context.