Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
I just did some rough calcs and they way I figure Bounty with just the floataion of the wood alone could float well over 100,000 lbs. I think they had 80,000 lbs lead and then engines, pump, and other equipment would add quite a bit more, but with some trapped air pockets it would be normal for the ship to float for quite a while before she sank, even if her hull was split open below water.
I was surprised that they lost track of her so quickly because she was certainly floating in those last photos. It might be helpful if the CG tried to place transponders on hazards like this whenever possible. Maybe they had no opportunity to do so but the pictures seemed to be in fairly benign conditions. I would not like to run into that at night.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.