Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
Regarding the Story on Sailing through/around Hurricane Andrew with 5 people, several of whom had never been on the ship prior to trip.
It sounds like baloney.....never happened.....BS
Coast Guard doesn't generally threaten to sink ships at the pier do they? Anyone know of such a thing? More likely, if they wanted the ship somewhere else, they would have called in a towing company and moved the ship some other place (at Bounty's expense) that they deemed more safe.
And another story, Walbridge single handedly redocked the boat after all lines but one were cast off by drunks from a bar. I don't believe that either.
Just like, I don't believe he would sail near the eyewall on the eastern quadrant of a storm. Of course, I guess you can tell enough tales and eventually begin to believe them.
Sorry for the outcome, but the captain just made a bad call. As for ships going to sea in storms, sure they do. Reference in one article listed four cruise ships which did....all huge steel monsters which when they left port wouldn't have made 5 kts....instead they would have cranked on the turns and got far away from the worse part. Also, they likely left early and moving at 15-20 kts over several days they could be well away from the worse parts of the storm. And they didn't do it with novices and handyman for engineer, and only a couple of professionals...one of whom (captain) erroneously decided his ship could manage the storm.
Likewise, the Navy got underway doing more or less same thing as the cruise ships...big steel ships, lots of power and speed, back up systems, and built to modern standards.