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Evoking 18th-Century Drama,
a Tragedy on the Bounty

New York Times, by Dan Barry

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Posted By:MissMolly, 11/4/2012 4:14:23 AM

A fateful meeting of the maritime past and present began amid the Monday morning dread of Hurricane Sandy, when distressing word came from the murk of the roiling Atlantic: the captain and crew of the H.M.S. Bounty, a vessel of timber rigged to evoke 18th-century adventure, were abandoning ship. (Snip)The Bounty was a tall ship celebrity, built 50 years ago to promote the movie “Mutiny on the Bounty,” starring Marlon Brando. Since then, it has had an up-and-down career as a tourist attraction, restoration project and occasional movie prop.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mai Bad, 11/4/2012 5:04:11 AM     (No. 8986410)

Yo...yo...The owner needs to be LOCKED UP if he OKed this " Voyage of the Doomed".

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Reply 2 - Posted by: RIsailor, 11/4/2012 6:07:56 AM     (No. 8986447)

I was saddened to learn of Bounty's and the captain's deaths. We toured Bounty this summer during the Tall Ships event in Newport RI. It does appear that the captain should not have sailed during Sandy - with a ship of questionable survivability and a crew with no real heavy weather experience. How sad that the captain was lost. And sincerest gratitude to our brave and well trained U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue team.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Former lurker, 11/4/2012 6:50:01 AM     (No. 8986490)

Hey NYTs, there was a tragedy in Benghazi recently, with twice as many deaths. How about a big compassionate story on how that could have been prevented.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: jinx, 11/4/2012 6:53:13 AM     (No. 8986496)

Ditto #3. What about that tragedy, NYT's?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: haraldbluetooth, 11/4/2012 7:24:27 AM     (No. 8986553)

How much insurance money did the owner get from this? (not cynical, just trying to follow the money)

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Douglas DC, 11/4/2012 8:04:32 AM     (No. 8986616)

I've been at sea in heavy weather. You have to know what you are doing.. This is sad. I would've not put to sea...
Agree with those who say where's Benghazi?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: wilko, 11/4/2012 8:23:36 AM     (No. 8986656)

The Bounty was berthed at the Pier in St Pete for years. I never thought it was sea worthy enough for real sailing. It seemed like what it was, a big clunky movie prop. Sad that it's gone and folks lost their lives.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: earlybird, 11/4/2012 8:58:18 AM     (No. 8986738)

The Atlantic Ocean may have swallowed the ship and its captain, but floating on the surface remain many questions, especially: Why go to sea amid the constant reports of this storm’s particular wrath?

My first question and, according to this article, the question of others including the owner of another tall ship which stayed put.

The story of the rescue brings home the insanity of tempting fate in hurricanes and other predicted disasters. Brave rescuers had to put themselves at great risk to pull these people out of the water. This is true on land as well.

Read the account. It is as dramatic and chilling as anything else you'll read.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: smoolie, 11/4/2012 9:18:02 AM     (No. 8986781)

A weeks warning and she still was sailed into the middle of Sandy?

In an recent interview the owner said he was trying to sell it, were there any prospective buyers?

And yes, NYT, what about the larger issue in Libya?

All good questions



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Reply 10 - Posted by: Evocatus, 11/4/2012 10:42:17 AM     (No. 8986961)

From the article: "Soon Mr. Haba was swimming to one of the life rafts and identifying himself to the huddled survivors as, simply, the Coast Guard."

"I'm the Coast Guard!" . . . and I'm here to save your lives.


Gushing tears. God Bless the Lost, the Survivors and the Rescuers.



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Reply 11 - Posted by: so_free_me, 11/4/2012 11:20:45 AM     (No. 8987077)

It may well be true that boats are safer at sea. (If you read "The Perfect Storm" you will know that there was a sailboat that survived those 100 foot waves even though the coast guard rescued the terrified crew; the boat never sank and was later recovered.) But it can hardly be said that people are safer at sea!

If you have ever sailed or read sailing magazines you know that nine times out of ten the fatal accidents in bad weather happen because someone had a schedule they just HAD to keep. That may have been an underlying reason here.

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