News Home Video Gallery Newsletters Photo Gallery Cruising Int
Sail-World.com : Finally the book:HMS Bounty, Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy
Finally the book:HMS Bounty, Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy

'Bounty as she proudly was, and the tragic sight of her sinking'    .

First there was the tragic news, then there were the innumerable opinions from the yachting fraternity, then the personal stories, then the court case and the judgement. Now, finally, there's the book. The HMS Bounty, constructed for the eponymous film, had a very public life, and now a very public death.

HMS Bounty - finally the book -  .. .  
Rescue of the Bounty, Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy, has been written by Michael J. Tougias and Douglas A. Campbell and published by Schribner. It's the harrowing maritime tale of the sinking and rescue efforts surrounding the HMS Bounty—the actual replica used in the 1962 remake of the 1935 classic Mutiny on the Bounty—which sank during Hurricane Sandy with sixteen aboard.

On Tuesday, October 24, 2012, Captain Robin Walbridge made the fateful decision to sail the HMS Bounty from New London, Connecticut, to St. Petersburg, Florida. Walbridge was well aware that a hurricane was forecast to come up the Eastern seaboard. He explained to his crew of fifteen that the ship would fare better at sea than at port, and that he thought he could sail 'around the hurricane.' He told the crew that anyone who did not want to come on the voyage could leave the ship and there would be no hard feelings. No one took the captain up on his offer.

Four days into the voyage, superstorm Sandy made an almost direct hit on the Bounty. The vessel’s pumps could not keep up with the incoming water and a few hours later, in the dark of night, the ship overturned, sending the crew tumbling into the ocean filled with crashing thirty-foot waves.

The Coast Guard launched one of most complex and massive rescues in its history, flying two Jayhawk helicopter crews into the hurricane and lowering rescue swimmers into the raging ocean again and again despite the dangers. Ultimately fourteen crew members were rescued; tragically, two members did not survive.

...and the heroes recognised - HMS Bounty -  .. .  


Dripping with suspense and vivid high-stakes drama, Rescue of the Bounty is an unforgettable tale about the brutality of nature and the human will to survive.

Tougias and Campbell also review the ship’s 50-year history, sketch the backgrounds of the sailors aboard. Relying primarily on sworn testimony from the Coast Guard’s formal investigation, the authors identify a number of factors that contributed to the disaster: a rotting hull, seams improperly caulked, inadequate bilge pumps, a largely inexperienced crew and the lack of any professional weather router.

Culpability, however, as we know from the judges comments, rested finally with Capt. Robin Walbridge and his reckless decision to set sail: 'The boat’s safer being out at sea than being buckled up at a dock somewhere.'

Notwithstanding this huge miscalculation, the authors offer a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of the captain, crediting his compassionate manner and the respect and loyalty he inspired.

Finally, they devote a thrilling portion of their narrative to the courageous Coast Guard rescue and the almost incredible efforts of the pilots, hoist crews and swimmers who headed straight into Hurricane Sandy.

If your local bookseller does not have a copy of the book it is available from many resellers online, and is available as an eBook.


by Lee Mylchreest


  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=119950

8:41 PM Sat 8 Mar 2014GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







Cruising USA



World ARC fleet bids farewell to Bali by World Cruising Club,










World ARC crews in Bali by World Cruising Club,


Could your sailing navigation use a tune-up? by Captain John Jamieson, Florida








The Boat Cookbook by BoatBooks,








World ARC fleet now arriving in Bali by World Cruising Club,










Pack this sailing gear for 'hands-free' lighting by Captain John Jamieson, Florida
























A case of crossed wires? A shocking situation! by Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager,


OHPRI Teen Summer Camps make a splash
How amazingly awe-inspiring the Arctic really is
Boaters urged to attend anchoring meetings next week in Florida
New atlas provides thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean
Canal Boating in the Alsace with the Galley Guys
World ARC fleet arrives in Darwin
Timeless Tonga - Charter sailing in a Polynesian paradise *Feature
A fine conclusion to the ARC Baltic 2014
Where in the world are our strongest corals?
Incredible efforts to save yacht from being lost at sea
ARC Baltic fleet visit six countries and six capitals in six weeks
Helen Island, Palau -a beautiful and unique place
Barnacle Busting
From Penguins to Polar Bears
Cornell turns back from the North West Passage
Polar research: Six priorities for Antarctic science
Missing German tourists in the hands of Abu Sayyaf Group
NCI granted dedicated VHF Channel
Positive news for cruising boats in Greece
Bivalves' ability to clean chemicals from waterways
Are You Sailing with 'Weak Links' in your sailing rigging?   
Week-long cruise turns into 16-year round-the-world voyage   
World ARC fleet cruising the Coral Coast   
Yacht penalized for calling unannounced into Port Resolution   
Galley Guys on the Malty Seas   
Blue Planet Odyssey - Beset in Arctic Bay ice + Video   
Garcia Yachts Exploration 45 - Jimmy Cornell's newest adventure   
Sustainable Seafood - How to purchase with confidence   
Risks to penguin populations continues   
ARC Baltic fleet head from Helsinki to Stockholm   
Follow these tips when anchoring   
Galley Guys meet the Spice Lady   
North American Rally to the Caribbean - Get prepared to head south   
If all else fails read the instructions!!   
ARC Baltic fleet cruising and anchoring in the Finnish archipelago   
Phuket Yacht Show: new kid on the block taking on PIMEX? *Feature   
Vanuatu Customs making life easier for visiting cruising yachts   
Baltic 4 Nations rally is now in full swing   
Tropical Storm Bertha expected to become a typhoon   
Flags at Sea, an infographic by John Tissott   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW Cru USA
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT