The Bounty departed New London, Connecticut, for St. Petersburg, Florida, on October 25, according to the ship's Facebook page.
Facebook postings bearing that date say things such as "I'm sure that Hurricane Sandy will be a major consideration when Bounty leaves for St. Petersburg later today," and "Bounty will be sailing East out to sea before heading South to avoid the brunt of Hurricane Sandy."
While following the ship's Facebook timeline, you can read a mixture of trepidation and attempts at soothing fears.
On Saturday, this post appeared: "Bounty's current voyage is a calculated decision... NOT AT ALL... irresponsible or with a lack of foresight as some have suggested. The fact of the matter is... A SHIP IS SAFER AT SEA THAN IN PORT!"*
Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:59 am
It looks as though the Bounty has turned and is facing into the storm...
could you kindly explain the rationale of this?
Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:31 am
This is a sad day. The storm hit the ship pretty bad. One of the generators failed and the ship was taking on more water than it wanted. Distress call was sent out and the coastguard rescued ALL 17 crew. We are very thankful for that. Bounty was left at sea to fend for herself with the prayers of many. May God protect the ship from sinking!
DON'T GIVE UP! kEEP THE PRAYERS COMING. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.
We will let you know how things are progressing with the ship. Thank you for your prayers.
To our wonderful Captain Robin: You did a great job and the very best that you could. Thank you for your efforts and keeping the crew safe. God bless you sir.
Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:44 pm
The crew member Ms. Christian has been found. Only one person not accounted for, Captain Robin Walbridge. Please keep him in your prayers. We are thankful for the rest of the crew being safe and sound. This is a very sad time for the Bounty Organization, friends, family and the world. We will keep you updated as to the Captain and the ship. God bless them all.
You can google the many articles and also you tube the rescue of most of the crew by the USCG.
ClaudeneC: (23 June 2012) I am in LOVE with my ship... BOUNTY pic.twitter.com/oZgKSrqI
Robin admits to sailing on the best and with the best when it comes to sail training education for youth...Captain for Vision Quest and the Bill of Rights. ...In 1993, he worked on Boy Scout programs on the Heritage of Miami. He developed sail training programs to take scouts on one-week voyages in the Florida Keys, including programs for children with disabilities. In his off-seasons, from 1993 000, he was on-call as mate or engineer for Sea Education Association's (SEA) two vessels, Westwood[actually Westward, since sold and renamed] and Corwith Cramer [I sailed on her for a week]. Robin also spent some time on the 198' U.S. Brig Niagara of Erie, Pennsylvania, which only enhanced his fascination for square-rigged sailing.
Robin moved on to HMS Rose in 1993 as First and Second mate and went on to obtain his 500-ton Captain's license.... In 1995, he obtained his 1600-ton license.
Enter HMS Bounty in 1995. It was a labor of love from the beginning, and Robin has never looked back. Keeping her afloat has been a full-time occupation for many years. If it weren't for Robin's efforts, the ship would have sunk at the dock in Fall River, Massachusetts. ...
The highlight of his career, however, is the two years and over 15 voyages spent training the crew of "Old Ironsides," the U.S.S. Constitution. He was at the helm as guest Captain/Advisor for the ship's inaugural sail in 1997 after 116 years of being dormant, a moment he remembers as "awe-inspiring," as many in his position would.
Benny Andajetz: "the helicopter is operating in that vertical danger zone where, if anything goes wrong, they're going in the drink, too."
Please read the message below from Tall Ships America, often know as ASTA. Their request that the tall ship community hold off on speculation until more definitive information has been collected, and to protect the immediate sensitivities of their crew and their families, is well phrased and I think reasonable.
I echo the thanks, praise and admiration for the Coast Guard in their skilled, successful and brave rescues of the HMS Bounty crew, and those of similar vessels in similar situations. We will review the reports of this loss when they are complete and will make the time then to look at what lessons we can learn from this tragedy as they relate to our operations aboard Friendship. I am not sure if there are ways we can help in supporting the HMS Bounty crew and their families in the aftermath of this loss, but will let you know if I hear anything on these lines.
To the membership of Tall Ships America:
Certainly everyone in the sailing ship community will have heard that HMS BOUNTY has been lost off Cape Hatteras. Of the sixteen persons reportedly aboard at the time, we understand that one individual has perished, and that fourteen others were rescued, thanks to the exemplary courage and skill of Coast Guard search and rescue personnel. It appears that the vessel’s master, Robin Walbridge, is missing, and the search continues.
We are certain that everyone in the in the community sends their thoughts, prayers, and best wishes to the family of the individual who perished, to the rescued members of the ship’s company and their families, and to the brave Coast Guard team who carry our hopes for Captain Walbridge.
There is currently much speculation about the loss of the vessel. We believe that further speculation is not helpful, especially in view of the respect that is due to the individuals whose lives are directly affected by these tragic events. Tall Ships America does not have any factual information to add, but notes that there will surely be an official inquiry that will assemble much more complete information than is available to anyone now. We are confident that our membership, if called upon, will cooperate with that inquiry in the full spirit of professionalism upon which the sail training movement depends.
For now, we appeal to our members to lend their thoughts and support to the people of BOUNTY and their families, to join us in thanking the Coast Guard rescue team for their heroism on behalf of our colleagues, and to sustain hopes for Captain Walbridge’s safe return.
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