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Old 11 February 2014, 10:01 PM
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No Bounty's sinking result of 'reckless' decision in Hurricane Sandy

The captain went down with his ship.

The body of Capt. Robin Walbridge, a stubborn and profane seaman who often said he feared no storm, was never found after the tall ship Bounty sank in the Atlantic Ocean after being pummeled by Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29, 2012.,1667208.story

Link to the NTSB's Bounty investigation brief:
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Old 12 February 2014, 01:30 AM
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I bet his surviving crew wish they hadn't done what he told them to...
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Old 12 February 2014, 02:13 PM
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Deceased crew member Claudene Christian should've led a mutiny.
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Old 12 February 2014, 05:15 PM
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I think suing the owner of the HMS Bounty is the least that the surviving crew members should do. I agree that a second mutiny would have been a good idea, especially while the ship was still in port.
Captain Bligh might have been overly authoritarian (okay, probably, since he underwent another mutiny as a governor in Australia) but he was a much better sailor than this captain.

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Old 12 February 2014, 05:57 PM
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I am good friends with the father of one of the crew members, a young man with quite a bit of experience on tall ships. He did not think that they were being put in harm's way and also believed that it was safer to be at sea than in port. I don't claim to be an expert on sailing or tall ships but this article seemed very one-sided to me considering the captain is not around to defend himself.

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Old 12 February 2014, 06:05 PM
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I can't help, but think that it is convenient to put it all on the captain. Did the captain actually intend to go down with the ship or was he thinking it was still salvageable?
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Old 12 February 2014, 06:19 PM
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Safer at sea than on the ship in port? False dichotomy. Because I doubt anyone would think they were safer sailing through a hurricane than they would be if they were ashore and sensibly evacuated from the most dangerous areas of coastline. Was it necessary for anyone to be aboard?

I also doubt it was necessary to sail into the teeth of the storm even if it had been necessary to take the ship out of port.
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Old 12 February 2014, 07:43 PM
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Captain Walbridge for a time took out the schooner Governor Stone on short trips from Apalachicola, Florida. My family went on more than one--he was humorous, knowledgeable about the vessel, and he always gave us a good smooth sail, spiced with his often salty commands to the small crew. I was shocked when I realized he was the man who captained the Bounty on her last voyage.
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Old 13 February 2014, 04:20 AM
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For a moment, I thought this was about the brand of paper towel. Anyone else think that?
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