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Farewell to the Bounty

By October 30, 2012

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Bounty

The photo shows the Bounty as I last saw her this summer, entering my home port harbor silhouetted against a gray dawn sky, sails furled, all crew on deck, coming to shore after another sea passage. Massive, magnificent, beautiful, and stunningly complex of rigging - but most of all, as she passed, you saw it in the faces of the crew: triumphant. Bounty was a link to an age of sail many think historical but which she proved still alive. It took a lot to sail that ship. And she gave great pleasure to everyone who saw her, and to some, great meaning.

Our hearts go out to the families of the two who went down with her in the Atlantic yesterday.

There will be endless discussion of why her captain took her out to sea with a hurricane on its way. He's not here to answer, and we must respect that his decision did not come as easily or as superficially as the words of many commenters now. I think only someone who lived on this ship and knew her and her crew well could make such a decision. Let the fourteen survivors tell their story, or not, and realize that it is their story, not ours.

Comments

October 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm
(1) Mike M. says:

What a magnificent vessel! I really wish I’d been able to see her in person. Condolences to the families of those lost. Very sad indeed.

Mike

October 30, 2012 at 10:43 pm
(2) Bob says:

God rest her and every soul has been with her.

November 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm
(3) Philip says:

Sad… but fitting for a noble vessel to taken by the sea instead of a scrap yard. Now, for the donation requests to rebuild. Think of the “Africa II” from San Francisco, I believe, created after “Africa” went down in the Caribbean years ago. I’ll be waiting… :-)

November 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm
(4) Jonathan Reid says:

Nicely written article, I concur and add my sympathies to the families of the lost crew and respect to the survivors. I remember seeing the Bounty in Fiji in the late eighties when she was US Mainland bound, and was given a wee tour on deck. She was the real deal, and a moving sight to behold when she weighed anchor and set off.
RIP Bounty and crew…

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