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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
Essentially by him saying the frame/ previous work was rotting and suspect he was bringing attention to the previous work under the Boothbay Shipyard and Jakomovic into question as to why it rotted out in 5 years a lot less time thean it should have lasted. These are quality and build issues sounding eeirily similar to Shenendoah issues.
So you have contractors side your house and put a new roof on it. During the fix the workers discover that a leak occured and some of previous work and discover some of the frame is rotten. Some of this was worked on them 5-6 years previously and should have held up better. They verbally tell you that and tell you its not sound. No record of discussion or anything written. The workers however take pictures. You continue with the work, because their boss, the foreman comes buy and says it can wait another year. it will be fine the workers are overplaying it , but be sure and come back to us to fix it.
Hang on there a sec.. stick to the facts:
Decision to sail in storm in question | The Chronicle Herald
But he said Hansen agreed to spend the money to do the work that needed to be done, and the shipyard replaced all of the planking below the waterline with white oak. Jackomovicz said the framing was in good shape
, so at least 90 per cent of it was left untouched.
Jackomovicz said in the interview with The Chronicle Herald that the “decay up there (above the waterline) had no relation to the water coming in the boat.”
He said it was getting into the Bounty from below, and he suspects it was through the seams.
He told the hearing that the Bounty has “a lot of structural strength. ... The vessel was built so massive that it could take quite a bit of decay, degradation of the structure,” before it posed a problem.
Using the more expensive wood for planking wouldn’t have made a difference, he said.
To my mind he makes a good point. The many, many, pictures out there of the Bounty "sinking" show the decks awash but the vessel otherwise completely intact. If the frames or fasteners were in any way rotten or otherwise "faulty", having tons of water sloshing around inside the hull would have split the ship apart. This simply did not happen.
As someone who spends a lot of time around wooden boats and pretty-much only sails on wooden boats, I happen to agree with those who say the planking seams were the problem. If the above-water planks
(not the frames!) were decaying, it's fairly likely that in rough weather like that the seams could open up and caulking could actually fall out - especially if it turns out that it was not installed properly.
With no working bilge pumps, the end result is simply a matter of time...
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"
Last edited by Classic30; 02-26-2013 at 06:17 PM.