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    Re: The Bounty - 20-20 hindsight
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2012 Nov 16, 11:55 -0800
    Good points.   

    Although I now live in the San Francisco area, I lived in suburban Boston for many years and kept my 36' sailboat first in Narragansett Bay and then in Buzzards Bay.  I rode out three or four hurricanes including Bob, which was fairly destructive.  (Have a video of a Hinkley 52' ketch going backwards under a closed bridge)  Hurricane holes abound in this area and a ship of Bounty's size with good ground tackle (did they have some or just traditional gear?) should have been able to ride out Sandy safely.   So while I can see some merit in Bounty's decision to leave New London, I do agree with Wolfgang's wondering why Bounty didn't simply find a hurricane hole east of New London.


     

    To: NavList@fer3.com
    Sent: Friday, November 16, 2012 11:14 AM
    Subject: [NavList] Re: The Bounty - 20-20 hindsight

    There seems to have been no substantial damage in Mystic Seaport. See here:
    http://www.mysticseaport.org/files/site_files/Visit/2012_Press_Room/10302011_Hurricane_Sandy.pdf
    So the question remains: why didn't he run into one of the more sheltered harbours? Obviously he misjudged the seaworthiness of his vessel and his crew. It reminds me of something we experience in Germany every spring: there are lots of small airplane crashes and they are almost all by experienced pilots that misjudge things after 5 - 6 months without practice.
    Wolfgang
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