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post #1461 of Old 12-18-2012
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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

Originally Posted by jameswilson29 View Post
Yes, or if the ship was hit by an asteroid.

So far, no one in the crew has mentioned any superceding causes of the sinking.

Any reasonably foreseeable other causes (engine failure, bilge pump failure, mechanical failures, dismasting, etc.) would not matter. If you voluntarily choose to sail out into a hurricane, or the edge of a hurricane, you should reasonably expect to capsize due to ordinary materiel failures that may merely be inconveniences in good weather.
I don't think you are being reasonable. Hitting a submerged object could have sunk her in the best conditions. Multiple faliures of the mechanical plant would most likely also be a life threatening event in any weather. The ship apparently suffered multiple failures, and to date there is no answer as to what caused that to occur. Something as simple as striking a submerged object in heavy seas is a very real possible cause. The fact that such an event has not been mentioned in the press at this point does not rule it out. It is even possible that the survivors would not have known that it happened. Yes, it is a hypothetical, but no more far-fetched than many others.

You are basically saying that the actual cause of the sinking is irrelevant.

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