Originally Posted by jameswilson29
(snippage)In this case, however, unlike your jury trial example, the facts are not in dispute. It is simply a matter of whether a reasonably prudent professional skipper would have left port in the circumstances. The exact reason for the sinking becomes irrelevant after the skipper made the decision to leave port.
And if it was found that the Bounty struck a submerged object (like a conex), that would be irrelevant? An event like that could have sunk virtually any wooden vessel, no matter the condition of the mechanical plant.