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Old 11-01-2012, 08:39 AM   #15
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Where the Bounty went down is considered the Graveyard of the Atlantic.
Just northeast of Cape Hatteras.
Chopper pilot reported 30' waves when he picked up the crew.

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Old 11-01-2012, 08:47 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by DriVer View Post
The search is still on for the Bounty's Captain, Robin Walbridge, 63. He had decided to take the Bounty out to sea to avoid the hurricane and explained on the ship's facebook page: Bounty's current voyage is a calculated decision...NOT AT ALL... irresponsible or with a lack of foresight as some have suggested. The fact of the matter is...A SHIP IS SAFER AT SEA THAN IN PORT!
agreed ... ships are safer at sea where they can ride out and navigate the seas. My comment was based upon seeing the hurricanes during and after effects here, at a location not that far away from Mystic. Storms are certainly unpredictable and an experienced Captain certainly knows more than I do.

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Old 11-01-2012, 12:55 PM   #17
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The tall ships are few and far between and I wonder if a replica of this ship will be rebuilt.
That *was* the replica that sank. Built in 1960 for a movie.
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If you know hurricanes (and I do), you would know that the better chance for survival is at sea. The wind may be high, but the wave are less in deeper water.

The ship took almost twelve hours to sink. They had first reported to the USCG that they had lost power, and might require assistance, and later reported that they were taking on water at a rate they could not control. This is our way of saying "We're Toast".

The ship can be replaced. The known loss of one and probable loss of another is the real story.

There are more than a few of my near friends that have no grave. Several have names cut into memorials, some do not.

I am a waterman, I lived much of my younger life along the upper east coast and my parents finally settled Mystic. I do not believe that I knew any of the crew.


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