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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
NTSB questioner focused on the expeience of the engineer ( Barksdale) and while he was not ever around the whole time that there were issues in the engine room thast led to the sinking. Questions about the old water tanks which were now used as fuel tanks were the dried out. Was water coming into fuel tanks from the deck vents from the hurricane?
Was asked repeatedly about why he never asked the Captain about sailing S and not continueing East . This man was one of the officers and appeared to have absolutley no input in decision making of course. He appeared to not want to answer questions about who decided the course of the Bounty and was asked repeatedl;y about that, Since he was an officer oif the watch 8 hours each day the questioners seemed incredulous at either his lack of knowledge or lack of input into even wanting to know what direction they were going in. Points to the obvious lack of knowledge of the crew to even basic seamanship. Also note this Man Sanderson went to a 4 year seamans ship acheademy where this stuff was taught and he came out with a 500 mates liscence.
I noticed that too - Unbelievable..
He also named one of the classes he took as "Hurricane Avoidance" and was repeatedly asked by NTSB what was he tought, his answer was "I don't recall".. - can you believe it?
Also he was asked what was the safest zone of the hurricane - his answer was "South East" corner..
It looks like he really doesn't want to talk why or who made a change to SW..
p.s. He was IN CHARGE of charts and course plotting..
p.p.s. Engineer testifing now.. says he "doesn't recall" hp rating of the engine.. didn't inspect inside of water tanks before putting diesel in them?? Doesn't "Recall" fuel consumption of engines?? Was slow to respond on what cooling system the engines have.. Keel coolers?
Last edited by Capt.Mhack; 02-18-2013 at 03:39 PM.