Comments for: Aroostook County native among those rescued from sinking HMS Bounty

Posted Oct. 30, 2012, at 2:02 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 31, 2012, at 6:19 a.m.

ORIENT | Town Manager Alicia Silkey would be more than happy if her cousin Jessica Black never went to sea again. Black, 34, was among 14 crew members rescued when the tall ship HMS Bounty lost power and sank underneath them Sunday off the coast of North Carolina as …

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  • Anonymous

    With all the warnings, why did they set sail?? I am sorry for the lost people, but, seems, like a recipe for disaster from the beginning.

  • There was plenty of warning about this storm.Never should have been out in the middle of that.

    • trisailer

       Actually it is standard practice to leave port ahead of a storm and get out of the way of it. For a ship this size it could have easily handled the forecasted weather.

      • Anonymous

         Except that the captain of this ship is known to be someone who enjoys sailing before a hurricane – watch the video of him talking about how much fun it can be.

  • Anonymous

    Makes you wonder why they went out with the storm coming.  When the ship was in Belfast, Belfast TV did a show interviewing the Captain.  The Captain said the Bounty was unsinkable.

    • Anonymous

      So was the Titanic…

    • Briney

      You’re kidding.  Another Titanic mistake. 

  • It didn’t even have a double hull, pretty crazy! 

    Anybody know how the ship sank did a wave put a hole in it  or something 

  • Anonymous

    As a ship captain you’ll make thousand of decisions.At 63 years of age he must have given a lot of good orders or he would not have been around that long. We should all reserve judgment until a full report is made. The 12 survivors will help write the accurate story. They are the black box of this ill fated voyage. 

  • Anonymous

    My heart goes out to the entire crew of this beautiful ship that I have stepped onto in St. Petersburg, Florida (it’s home port) very close to my mom’s home.  It is sad to have lost her and her Captain and one crew member.  There was, however, an exceptional lesson about this type of ctastrophe back on October 1998 when the Windjammer Barefoot Cruises 280 foot steel hulled and 4 masted ship was lost in Hurricane Mitch off Honduras as it was also attempting to outrun a hurricane.  All (31) crew members were lost.  I had sailed on Fantome once, in 1996.

  • How about a huge thanks to the Coast Guard members who risked their own lives to save to many. They are the true hero’s who did an outstanding job.

  • Anonymous

    What a tragic end to a great ship. Two lives lost and for what.  They should have stayed in port a few more days until this storm passed.  I had an opportunity to sail on the Bounty in 1998 when it came to Portland to have a new main mast installed.  It was owned by a different company then, a training ship at the time.  My 10 year old daughter got to sail it as did I.  It was a wonderful ship.  The company I was working for supplied the tree for the new mast and all the employees were invited for the day to sail on it.  Such a shame to see it go down, and to see people lose their lives.  God bless them.

  • trisailer

    What a terrible loss of a beautiful ship and human life. Having spent many a day in storms I can’t understand what could have happened. She must have been holed somehow .
    A ship of this size is not going to be bothered by 40 mph wind and the seas that resulted.
    It is routine for ships of this size to leave port ahead of a approaching storm and weather it at sea.
    My guess is that it hit something. Most people would be amazed at how much stuff there is floating around out there. The worst is containers that have been dumped of ships. They’re like hitting a iceberg.  A ship like this would have had massive pumps and redundant systems.

     

  • mutiny!

  • Anonymous

    Very relieved to hear Jess was rescued! We were very close as teens, spending time at her parents house and store in Orient, and traveling around for different Rainbow functions. 

  • Briney

    H.M.S Bounty is, or, was, a ship.  A sailing boat she ain’t.  Bligh would have ordered “15 lashes, well laid on – Mr. Christian,” for that. 

    With Sandy hurtling northward along the coast, why would anyone challenge such a storm, especially off turbulent Cape Hatteras?   Now,  “The Graveyard of the Atlantic”  has claimed yet another ship.

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