Ain't hindsight a wonderful thing...
Emotions included, I seriously doubt any
of them, captain or crew, would have left the dock if they thought for even a few seconds that they wouldn't make it. This is a sailing ship in a storm, not an amusement park ride.
Was it common knowledge there were doubts about the soundness of the hull (probably irrelevant in the end anyway)? Was it common knowledge the pumps didn't work? No.. I don't think so.
As we say over here, "$hit happens".. but mix in a slice of poor judgement, a dash of over-confidence and a few well-intentioned mistakes and the result is well known to all.
Well based on the testimony some said it was known that Bounty has a bad reputation.
It was known by the officers and the captain the pumps not 1 out of 5 didn't work as expected.
These 2 facts make it a suicide mission.
CM silence to the crew didn't help them understand the risks.
I think CM had every opportunity to dissent, leave or at least call the CG when this was going down.
Technically they were supposed to notify CG on generator and bilge failures.
We can slice it for 100 more pages, their actions are pretty clear now.
I think that's actually the biggest problem that his officers were afraid/unwilling to challenge his reckless plan.
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