Originally Posted by PCP
I would not say a suicide mission.. Nobody there thought that they were going to die, Some thought it was risky but risky means not suicidal and means always that one thinks that there are more changes to succeed than to fail.
You are looking at it from the outside. That boat had a bad reputation among the Tall ship crews. For the Crew of that boat the Captain was a hero, and the Bounty could take anything and "liked Hurricanes".
When we talk about a suicide mission it is implied that the one that is on that mission knows that he is going to die. They thought too much about their boat and their captain. They revere and trust the Captain's decisions and if he says that the Bounty is safer on the sea than in the Port, than it should be true. If the Captain decides to sail an Hurricane, then he knows what he is doing. This is not clearly a suicide mission.
Maybe suicide was not a correct term here, "Self inflicted homicide" perhaps..
Was there a chance to survive a hurricane? Yes it was, that doesn't mean it was a good idea to go. It was a bad idea to go, people actually shocked at the whole premise of the idea.
I would leave the realm of sailing in to hurricanes to the Pirates of the Caribbean films..