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Crew member rescued after abandoning ship dies (HMS Bounty sunk)
MSN News ^ | Oct 30, 2012 | AP via MSN

Posted on 10/30/2012 5:21:24 AM PDT by I still care

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To: silverleaf

I cannot see any good sensible excuse why they were out at sea off the coast of North Carolina during a hurricane that was tracking for a week or more

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I agree. Tragic miscalculation. They must have sailed a south-southwesterly track. I could see a decision to go due east from Connecticut in an attempt to save the ship, but never to try to get to Florida during one of the most massive storms in our history.


51 posted on 10/30/2012 9:29:58 AM PDT by maica
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To: JoeDetweiler

“A SHIP IS SAFER AT SEA THAN IN PORT!”

I am going to call BS on that one. The Elissa, Galveston’s tall ship, successfully rode out Hurricane Ike while moored at her berth in Galveston. There was an 18-foot storm surge — about 50% higher than reported in NYC. Further, Ike was a more violent storm than Sandy. It was Cat 2, borderline Cat 3.

Also, if you are going to ride out a storm at sea, best policy is to avoid the storm. That means sailing out well to the east — not through water shallow enough that the masts stick up above the water. They also could have gone north to Boston or even Halifax and waited Sandy out.

Sounds kind of like they were more concerned about meeting a schedule (Bounty was supposed to tie up in Galveston in November and stay over the winter) than anything else.


52 posted on 10/30/2012 9:45:09 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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To: John S Mosby

Thanks for the links.

From the Nova Scotia article:

The Bounty was planning to avoid the storm by sailing east before heading south, says a Facebook post from Thursday. By Saturday, the ship reported it was 400 kilometres east of Chesapeake Bay, and a post said the captain expected to encounter bad weather that evening.

A fifty year old vessel, apparently motoring on a windward tack and against the Gulf Stream. Not what Captain Bligh would have done.


53 posted on 10/30/2012 10:02:23 AM PDT by maica
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To: maica

I should clarify my previous post. The last line is not from the article, but is my own observation.

*A fifty year old vessel, apparently motoring on a windward tack and against the Gulf Stream. Not what Captain Bligh would have done.*


54 posted on 10/30/2012 10:06:55 AM PDT by maica
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To: I still care

It is mysterious that Sandy Christian a direct descendant, of the original HMS Bounty’s leader of the mutiny, Fletcher Christian, happens to die when the rebuilt Bounty founders.


55 posted on 10/30/2012 12:00:31 PM PDT by AnalogReigns (because the real world is not digital...)
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To: I still care
This broke my heart. The Bounty was beautiful.

I remember two things about this vessel. The first is that I was actually aboard her in the late 1960's as a boy. The second was last week, I was relating to a co-worker of mine about the history of Captain William Bligh, and the fact that I was aboard this replica back then, and could actually recall how *small* it really was as a ship. Now, I'll have to relate the final chapter of the tale, with her sinking on Monday...

the infowarrior

56 posted on 10/30/2012 12:19:00 PM PDT by infowarrior
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To: steelyourfaith
Very sad. I walked those decks years ago when the ship was on display at the St. Petersburg pier.

The exact same place *I* visited her, when I was about 11-12 years old. This would have been circa 1966-1967 or thereabouts...

the infowarrior

57 posted on 10/30/2012 12:21:53 PM PDT by infowarrior
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