Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
^ Fantastic post. I agree completely.
What happened on the Bounty didn't happen because they weren't regulated. It happened because nobody in the Bounty organization was willing to use basic logic because they didn't like the logical conclusion they would have come to: The ship was not seaworthy.
The ship could not afford repairs- Bounty's decision: Don't do them!
The ship was not in good material condition to sail- Bounty's decision: Go anyway!
There is a super storm heading our way- Bounty's decision: Let's go for it!
The chief engineer is totally unqualified- Bounty's decision: He works cheap. You're hired!
The ship inevitably gets in trouble in a hurricane- Bounty's decision: Don't call anyone! We can make it!
You simply cannot regulate madness out of existance. Regulations (laws) do not prevent mishaps. They allow for punishment after the fact.
Will more regulation come? That's up to someone besides me. We will see in time. But what regulation would have prevented the sheer stupidity that led to the Bounty tragedy? They ignored basic logic in every instance and the outcome was inevitable. The Bounty was going to sink, sooner or later.