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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
If you think about it, the real problem with Bounty was
1. It leaked a lot of water (much more than normal even for a large wooded ship). and
2. The ship did not have adequate pump systems to deal with the water, and the pump systems they had were not maintained.
If the above two problems did not exist, I am 99% sure the ship and all crew would be with us today- no matter what there experience or inexperience or mistakes the Captain made. There are many ships that sail and survive storms equal to what Bounty hit and they are sailing with crews even less experienced than Bounty had. You must have the right tool for the job or no matter how good you are you will fail.
Now if I remember, the CG had assisted Bounty many years prior duing a storm off Florida (tried to pull the story from internet but could not find). The CG assisted by giving Bounty gas powered dewatering pumps.
Also, it was well know the Bounty was always leaking somthing like 30,000 gallons of water a day. 30,000 gallons of water is enough to fill a residental swimming pool- better have some serious pumps ( and back up upon back ups) to deal with that. So now you have a ship that will sink if any of your dewatering pumps fail- something is wrong with this picture. The floatation of your boat should not be dependent solely on a mechanical/electrical system.
Last edited by casey1999; 02-26-2013 at 02:28 PM.