On the morning of Oct. 25, 2012, the captain and crew of the sailing vessel HMS Bounty knew that their ship’s frames were rotted, the radios were untested and the de-watering equipment was failing.
Eight hours later they sailed her — intentionally — into the path of a Category 3 hurricane.
Two days later the ship was flooding. Two days after that the captain and one of the deckhands were dead and Bounty lay at the bottom of the Atlantic.
Why did they leave? How could anyone make that decision? And why didn’t they call for help when they needed it? Join maritime safety expert Mario Vittone for a talk tomorrow, Sept. 24, as he walks through the last four days of a ship where the lack of failure was mistaken for success, where getting better was mistaken for good enough, and where one man’s experience fooled an entire crew into the worst decision of their lives.
Vittone will present his findings from the recent USCG hearings on HMS Bounty at 6 p.m. at the Museum of History & Industry, located on south Lake Union in Seattle, next door to The Center for Wooden Boats. A U.S. Navy and Coast Guard veteran, Vittone has written extensively about the Bounty sinking for the website gCaptain.
The Schooner Zodiac is hosting the talk. Admission is free, but donations for The Center for Wooden Boats will be accepted at the event.
If you’re planning to go, RSVP at info@schoonerzodiac or call 206.719.7622 so organizers know how many seats to put out.