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The Demise of the Bounty - One Year Later

By Sailingguide

A year ago, the tall ship HMS Bounty sank a hundred miles offshore in Hurricane Sandy, and the captain and one crew died. At the time many sailors were horrified to hear the captain had put to sea with the storm approaching, and over the following days, weeks, and months more information trickled out in the press, leading to many debates about seamanship and boating safety issues. Now CNN has put together a noteworthy retrospective covering the sinking and related events and investigations, along with an extensive interview with one of the survivors. The article includes a slide show and links to related videos and previous stories with more detail about the event, the investigations since, and the pending lawsuit by the crew's family. While the Coast Guard investigation report has yet to be released, this article helps summarize where things stand and reminds us of the importance of safety at sea. As one of the most dramatic sailing disasters in recent years, understanding this tragic event can ultimately help other boaters think more about the consequences of their actions.

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