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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
It's a sensitive topic, so I don't want to debate my views on the Captain with this reply. They are well documented above.
I do understand the TS community's reaction after the fact. Before, it was not their responsibility. Although, it sure may have saved lives if they had taken it on. Now, however, I'm sure they feel they will be held accountable for these reckless actions they would have never undertaken themselves. I think that is exactly what will happen. I understand their indignation.
What also bugs me is the apparent disconnect between Walbridge's arrogance that we hear about now, vs. the reports that he had a "great reputation" before this accident. Which is it?
These don't seem mutually exclusive at all. The culture he presided over seemed to be very nurturing, but he also seemed to exaggerate his own abilities, which is the definition of arrogant.
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