HMS Bounty lost at sea?

The HMS Bounty (tall ship used in a number of films) has been reported to have been lost at sea. She lost engine power and began taking on water. The crew abandoned ship. 14 have been rescued, two are still missing at sea.


As one who spent several years of his youth and young adulthood crewing tall ships. This is very dear to my heart.

To the many that are confused as to why they were out to sea? why they didn’t know the hurricane was coming? etc?

Please understand that the most dangerous place for a ship like this during a hurricane is near shore where the waves are most tumultous and the chances of breaking free from one’s moorings and being crashed upon the coastline is at it’s greatest.

There are usually two options, GO:

  • “Up River”, except that tall ships of this size are incapable of going up many rivers due to their masts being unable to go under the numerous bridges.
  • “Out to Sea”, it may seem crazy, but wave swells are smoother out at sea. Think of being at the beach. The white wash of breakers. Go deeper out and the waves are often just swells. But as they approach the beach they rise and break.

It is very likely the crew was trying to sail around the outskirts of the storm.  They in fact left Connecticut a week ago in order to avoid what is expected to be one of the hardest impacted areas of the eastern seaboard.

We don’t know what transpired to cause them loss of engine power. Likely a crossed waving. You usually try to keep bow or transom toward the oncoming waves. Broadsides will wash over or even roll the vessel.  Most of the time there is a general direction of waves, but sometimes a wave comes from an odd angle.  Quite possibly just such a wave hit the HMS Bounty and flooded her engine room. After that, they could not maintain the angle of the vessel.


Published in: on October 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm  Comments (1)  
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  1. Need more information on this concern; the radio exchanges would be most useful. There is a long span in communications; and this prompts some additional questions.

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