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    Re: The Bounty - 20-20 hindsight
    From: Brad Morris
    Date: 2012 Nov 18, 18:10 -0500

    There are buoys all up and down the east coast.  I stand by my assessment

    On Nov 18, 2012 6:09 PM, "Frank Reed" <FrankReed@historicalatlas.com> wrote:

    Brad, you wrote:
    "Just before Sandy came ashore, 44025 was showing 26 Foot waves at 16 seconds. Those are very fast powerful waves, not to be trifled with."

    Yes, impressive waves! And I think Don Seltzer may have zeroed in on a key factor by pointing out that they were heading into storm swells on the Gulf Stream. The current gradients can create choppy seas that are worse than anywhere else. The replica Bounty was somewhat famous for springing leaks. No problem if the pumps are running. But when they fail...

    And you wrote:
    "Absolutely no way would I take a replica sailing ship out onto those seas, especially combined with high sustained winds and gusts. I think the captain foolhardy to ignore those seas."

    You think the captain foolhardy because he didn't have a crystal ball? I can't agree with this assessment simply because you're looking at non-simultaneous data. There is important information in these buoys, and their records are available online at the National Buoy Data Center here: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/. So when Bounty left New London, what were the buoys telling us? And a day later, what were they saying? Can we assume that the captain of Bounty had continuous Internet access?

    -FER


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