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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
Sorry, I might have missed your questions among the other posts.
I don't know what Bounty would typically sail with in bad weather, but in the past on other vessels, we have set fore and main staysails (usually "storm sail" sized) and the occasional spanker or reefed mainsail. On my first ship, when the captain decided the weather was harsh enough to take in our lighter sails, we set the main staysail, and pretty much "flew" under these smaller sails and otherwise bare poles.. I think we reached 11 knots, compared to our usual 5-6 knots. A former crewmember on Pride of Baltimore II told me they had storm trysails to set in place of the foresail or mainsail.
Thanks for coming back and post. Sounds like you have had a lot of experience. My question is with Bounty, say in winds above 60 knots, what would you think would be the best tactic? In your other post you speak of wind strength, but nothing greater than 50 knots.