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Old 02-12-2014, 04:16 PM
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:02 AM
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That must have been hellish to be on that vessel, the NTSC report is very detailed google it if you want to read it. The capt was nuts to sail in that, plain and simple
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:18 AM
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Here's the actual report -- so many failures of judgment and seamanship.

Mentions several times that the captain never checked whether the pumps were working before heading into the hurricane, even though the ship was known to leak on every trip.

http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/reports/2014/MAB1403.pdf
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On the water we got a stupid saying...When in doubt, chicken out...
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Door#3 View Post
After reading all of the reports I have thought that this was an appropriate opportunity for the 2nd mutiny on the Bounty. All indications were that she should not have been taken out when they had the opportunity to head into the Chessy. I seriously doubt that the crew was 100% on board with the decision, but he was the captain, and as such was empowered to decide.

After this incident happened, and now after reading the report, I wonder why the Captain didn't choose this option. Especially after a course change to the Southwest, it appears that they were off of the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay before the worst of it.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:25 AM
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Obviously not a good move. As Door #3 points out they had opportunity to ride out the storm in the Chesapeake bay. The Chesapeake is hardly a safe haven either but there are many smaller bays/rivers in it where she could have tried to ride it out a lot safer than going to sea. In my neck of the woods all of the large party boats went up Tuckerton Creek during Sandy, all boats weathered the storm there in good condition.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:02 AM
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Not a news story, but a long and very detailed feature article on the Bounty's last days and the captain's folly:

http://www.tampabay.com/specials/201...y/index3.shtml
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:23 AM
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They really needed less than an hour to determine the captn was an idiot and the owners were bigger idiots. It is one thing to be caught on the fringe of an unexpected storm as you race to safety and another to sail into a hurricane!
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:06 PM
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Too bad that there was loss of life. Also many CG lives were put a risk in the rescues. The ship was not seaworthy--that was known. (Rotten frames, poor caulking, known leaks) The back up pumps had not been checked. The wrong size (2 vs 20 micron) fuel filters had not been checked when brought aboard. The single gas "emergency trash pump" had not been run, nor was there apparently a good pick up tube for it.

There are various reports on her size--but the actual hull length was 120 feet--180 feet including mizzen boom overhang and bow sprite overhang. She had at least one near sinking in the past, when CG dropped pumps to her, and she was towed to safety. "Chasing Hurricanes"--not a safe thing to do, especially in an old, wooden vessel. "Wooden boats always leak"--not so. I grew up on a wooden boat with dry bilges.
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