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    Re: Bounty Replica Sunk by Sandy
    From: Henry Halboth
    Date: 2012 Nov 16, 23:28 -0500
    Just to add my two cents. I believe Don has it right. Questions to be asked and answered before rendering judgement involve the state of maintenance of the vessel as relates to her ability to withstand the seas to which she was exposed, i.e., what was the condition of her fastenings, when was she last refastened, what was the condition of her through hull fittings and closures, etc.? Based on reports I have read, she was not over-whelmed, but rather experienced uncontrollable flooding which leads to a suspicion of some form of un-
    seaworthiness, perhaps a dropped plank or machinery failure/inadequacy,  But really, let's wait for some more facts before being judgemental.

    Regards,

    Henry 

    On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 9:23 AM, Don Seltzer <timoneer@gmail.com> wrote:

    GL: And the captain died so we don't know what was he thinking?

    But the first mate did survive, and I expect that the investigators will learn from him the reasoning and intentions of Capt Walbridge.

    Before sailing from New London, Walbridge indicated that he was going to head due east to avoid the storm. He obviously changed his mind, perhaps because of the head winds that he would face. Instead, he chose to take advantage of the CCW flow and steer a course that would give him following winds almost the entire way. From what we know, it seems that the Bounty experienced winds no greater than 40 knots, no worse than the ship had weathered many times before.

    What may have defeated this strategy was the unusually punishing waves that the Bounty encountered. Professional sailors have commented on the difficulty of bucking the Gulf Stream with a gale force wind from astern. That kind of punishment would have severely worked the hull, requiring continual pumping. Once the crew talks to the investigators, we should know the sequence of failures. Perhaps the generators broke down first. Perhaps the pumps could not keep up and were flooded out. Perhaps there was a catastrophic breach of the hull. With so many survivors, we will likely know eventually.

    Don Seltzer
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