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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

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That is unbelievable! ...

It almost makes you wonder if he didn't sail out towards Sandy specifically for the thrill. I hope not. There's no place for thrill-seeking when you're responsible for human lives.
If I was the owner of that boat I would have fired him after this interview.

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If you look at the position log available via the Bounty website (tallshipbounty) - (current location) it seems that from 10:31 to 13:33 on the 28th Oct, the ship covered 58nm at an average speed of over 19 knots. If this is correct, then given the ship's normal cruising speed of 10 knots, something out of the ordinary must have been experienced. The ship could have been surfing and also riding a gulf stream back eddy. Without input from crew members, it is hard to know exactly what was going on. But if the ship did in fact manage to cover those 58 nm in 3 hrs (and the satellite records suggest they did), the conditions encountered by the vessel would have been beyond extreme, and it would not be surprising that many systems started to fail and the integrity of the rig and hull were compromised. Hard to imagine that any number of crew could have handled such a ship on such a sleyride.
In the interview, the Skipper claims his cruising speed at sea was around 4 Knots, and that his top speed was 12 Knots with bare poles in over 90 Knots of wind. I guess Sandy helped him beat his record. Too bad a lovely lady was also apparently lost doing it!

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If I was the owner of that boat I would have fired him after this interview.

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My thought exactly. If that interview had been required viewing for all prospective crew, maybe this wouldn't have happened.
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In the interview, the Skipper claims his cruising speed at sea was around 4 Knots, and that his top speed was 12 Knots with bare poles in over 90 Knots of wind. I guess Sandy helped him beat his record. Too bad a lovely lady was also apparently lost doing it!
So if 12 knots was a possible top speed, and they were in, say, a five knot current, then 2 knots of added surfing speed over the ground might just be possible! It must have been extreme to say the least.
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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

Coast Guard suspends search for missing captain of HMS BountyPORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday for the missing captain of the HMS Bounty 200 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C.

Missing is Robin Walbridge, 63.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Walbridge and Christian families," said Capt. Doug Cameron, the chief of incident response for the Coast Guard 5th District. ”Suspending a search and rescue case is one of the hardest decisions we have to make.”

The following Coast Guard assets assisted in the search:

•HC-130 Hercules aircrews from Elizabeth City, N.C. and Clearwater, Fla.
•MH-60 Jayhawk crews from Air Station Elizabeth City
•Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry crews from Miami, Fla.
•Crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Elm, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Atlantic Beach, N.C.
•Crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin, a 378-foot high-endurance cutter homeported in Charleston, S.C.
Coast Guard crews searched more than 90 hours, covering approximately 12,000 overlapping square nautical miles in the Atlantic Ocean since the Bounty's crew abandoned ship Monday morning.
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He's dead.
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Requiescat in pace, Capt. Walbridge. May you find Fiddler's Green.
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the insurance pay out must be huge.
I wouldn't bet on it. Insurance companies are not stupid and not in the business of paying claims. I'd be willing to bet they have a rider in there specifically referring to named storms.
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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

I have seen the plot that shows the Bounty's position for what appears
to be just the last 24 hours or so. Has anyone seen any plots showing
the Bounty's track for each day since leaving the dock in Connecticutt ?

I've read that he first headed due east before turning south and I'd
like to know how far east he went before the turn.

I saw a projected Hurricane cone track published on the 24th the day
before the Bounty left and that hurricane track shows it goiing
out to sea instead of turning into land in New England.

If, the captain used the projected track from the 24th, I can
see his reasoning for hugging the coast line.

Regarding the hi speeds recorded for a few hours, wouldnt
that have been when he was about due west of the Eye
with the hurricane winds straight behind him ?

I'd like to know the height above the water in calm seas
of the sides or rear of the boat. ie how high waves
would have to be to wash over the side. Now I realize
the boat would be pitching up and down and if the boat
was pointed up the face of a very steep large wave
the tail end of the boat might be just about water
level and a tall 25 wave could be 25 feet above the
rear of the boat.washing over it. This is what we
are talking about here as far as the ship taking
on lots of water. Right ?
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