Early this morning news broke that the HMS Bounty was caught in Hurricane Sandy on her trip south and foundered in heavy weather. Fourteen of her 16 crew members were able to make it into life rafts and were ultimately rescued by the US Coast Guard. Here is an incredible video of this operation.
This is a sobering reminder of the incredible dangers of going to sea. There have been so many tragic losses of tall ships and sail training professionals over the past decade and it’s difficult to process a loss like this. Not enough is known about what transpired about the Bounty in her final moments but two experienced captains have weighed in wondering why the ship ever took to sea in advance of a storm like Sandy. Local captain baffled by HMS Bounty accident and Picton Castle captain questions Bounty being at sea during storm.
So our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Claudene Christian who died today and Captain Robin Walbridge who is still missing as I write this post.
Finally, the sad news is somewhat offset by the good news that we still have real life heroes today. US Coast rescue swimmers risk it all, accomplishing incomprehensible feats under mind-boggling conditions. While everyone else is advised to stay out of harms way, they are willing to jump into it save lives. They are true heroes and we can’t thank them enough for what they do, all in a days work.
Earlier this year I devoted a lot of blogging space and time to the sinking of the Tall Ship Concordia. (High School Tall Ship Concordia Sinks Off the Coast of Brazil – Feb. 19, 2010)
It really was an incredible story. Now you can hear it straight from the mouths of some of the survivors, a very impressive lot.
Unfortunately, the CBC does not allow their videos to be embedded so you’ll have to sail over to their Land and Sea website to watch the video. I highly recommend it.
Well, I’m actually off to the semi-annual Trustee and Overseer meeting at Sea Education Association in Woods Hole for the next 2 days.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s the coolest “overseas” college study program on the planet!
It’s Sunday, relax and take 5 minutes to watch this, then find a high school or college student and make sure they know about the adventure, benefits and college credit you get for going to SEA!
It might not be as dramatic as the footage that would have been shot during the casualty but this RNLI video of the tall ship Frederyk Chopin is a stark reminder that it’s an ocean out there!
Vodpod videos no longer available.
Earlier this year we devoted alot of coverage to the amazing story of the sinking of the tall ship Concordia which coincidently was also a Polish built ship that in the past has sailed for Class Afloat.
Very happy that this too is a story with a happy ending.
Here’s a great video by the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard about their most recent Ernestina project. They also kept an interesting online Shipyard Log of their Ernestina work.
New Bedford Standard Times report and my friend Don Cuddy wrote a good overview of what’s going to take place on Saturday at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Supporters to meet to chart future of troubled Ernestina (Oct. 27, 2010)
For more information and to register for the event, visit the Sail Ernestina website or Facebook page.
This is Schooner Ernestina Week on Sea-Fever, so please make sure you check out all of the interesting and informative posts on one of the world’s most storied ships.
Schooner Ernestina has “educated” a lot of young people and few older ones over the years. Here’s a video of Captain Sophie Morse’s presentation at the 2003 Safety Under Sail Forum at the ASTA Conference. For professional sail trainers and mariners of all kinds, there’s a lot to learn from it.
On Saturday, October 30th the New Bedford Whaling Museum will be hosting an event to help chart a future course for the Schooner Ernestina. For more information, visit the Sail Ernestina website or Facebook page.
In honor of the grand old girl, this is Schooner Ernestina week on Sea-Fever. Navigate back here frequently and check out all of the posts!