Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy

By Michael J. Tougias

From the writer of the autumn 2015 Disney motion picture The most interesting Hours, the “thrilling and completely paced” (Booklist) tale of the sinking and rescue of Bounty—the tall send utilized in the vintage 1962 motion picture Mutiny at the Bounty—which used to be stuck within the direction of storm Sandy with 16 aboard.

On Thursday, October 25, 2012, Captain Robin Walbridge made the fateful determination to sail Bounty from New London, Connecticut, to St. Petersburg, Florida. Walbridge knew typhoon used to be forecast, but he was resolute to sail. The captain advised the team that anybody may depart the send earlier than it sailed. nobody took the captain up on his offer.

Four days into the voyage, Superstorm Sandy made a nearly direct hit at the send. a number of hours later, the send all of sudden overturned 90 miles off the North Carolina coast within the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” sending the workforce tumbling into an ocean packed with towering thirty-foot waves. The coast protect then introduced the most advanced and big rescues in its history.

In the uproar heard throughout American media within the days following, a unmarried query persevered: Why did the captain choose to sail? via 1000's of hours of interviews with the staff contributors and the coast safeguard, Michael J. Tougias and Douglas A. Campbell create an in-depth portrait of the enigmatic Captain Walbridge, his motivations, and what actually happened aboard Bounty in the course of these terrifying days at sea. “A white-knuckled, tragic event” (Richmond Times-Dispatch), Rescue of the Bounty is an unforgettable story in regards to the brutality of nature and the human will to outlive.

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Whilst Kannegiesser’s summer season aid went domestic close to the tip of the season, Claudene Christian was once recruited to turn into a part of the picture group. In port, she donned the Tahitian-print costume supplied by means of DeRamus and helped with Kannegiesser’s and DeRamus’s operations. In Plymouth, Massachusetts, Walbridge welcomed Ashley and Connie DeRamus on board as staff contributors. They sailed to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, after which, watched over through different workforce contributors, Ashley sailed on Bounty with no her mom for the higher a part of every week, dealing with a number of the tasks of boating a tall send, might be a primary for someone with Down syndrome. In each port, Ashley used to be on the dock along with her colourful bracelets, taking donations. “We acquired wherever from one buck to 20 money for donations, counting on the persons,” her mom acknowledged. “We had a desk organize the place we had printers for the picture operation. the folk who had the images taken on the helm could come again to our desk. We had an additional little extension desk on the finish of our picture sales space. She [Ashley] had an indication explaining what she was once doing. ” in the meantime, Kannegiesser’s mind was once churning out principles connecting Bounty and Ashley. He and Walbridge talked of bringing Down syndrome teenagers aboard for voyages the subsequent summer time, 2013, at the Tall Ships the USA fleet journey of the good Lakes. “They [Bounty] might both carry a dad or mum [to supervise their baby] or one of many staff participants may supervise,” DeRamus stated. “We have been all very fascinated by that, giving Downs young children a chance for independence and studying approximately crusing, the schooling, vanity, accountability, and the strength of mind. We spent loads of time, and Gary and Robin specifically, discussing the logistics of this subsequent summer season and what we have been going to do,” DeRamus stated. Walbridge desired to make Ashley the liaison for distinctive wishes on Bounty, DeRamus acknowledged. whereas she helped Kannegiesser along with his photograph operation, DeRamus was once no longer his worker. “He took me and Ashley and gave her the chance to elevate funds. We used his photograph chance to advertise [Ashley’s] beginning. ” whilst, in September, Bounty used to be hauled out on the Boothbay Harbor (Maine) Shipyard for upkeep and maintenance, Ashley and her mom again to Birmingham, Alabama, the place Ashley used to be a volunteer on the Bell middle, which is helping special-needs teenagers. She and her mom made a $6,300 donation to the heart from the money they accrued at Bounty’s part. however the connection between Bounty, Walbridge, and Down syndrome didn't finish there. Kannegiesser had positioned the Down Syndrome community of Tampa Bay. “Gary had approached me [in September],” acknowledged Shirley legal professional, head of the nonprofit team. “I wager he used to be type of calling round, searching for a few connection to Down syndrome within the Tampa quarter. ” legal professional used to be acquainted with Bounty, which had spent many winters as a dockside appeal in neighboring St. Petersburg. In 2012, Walbridge sought after Bounty to go to St. Petersburg yet another time. He and his spouse, Claudia McCann, had a house there.

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