Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy

Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy

Michael J. Tougias


From the writer of the autumn 2015 Disney motion picture The best 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 typhoon Sandy with 16 aboard.

On Thursday, October 25, 2012, Captain Robin Walbridge made the fateful selection to sail Bounty from New London, Connecticut, to St. Petersburg, Florida. Walbridge knew typhoon was once forecast, but he was firm to sail. The captain instructed the workforce that any one may possibly depart the send sooner than it sailed. not anyone took the captain up on his offer.

Four days into the voyage, Superstorm Sandy made a nearly direct hit at the send. a couple of hours later, the send without notice overturned 90 miles off the North Carolina coast within the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” sending the team tumbling into an ocean jam-packed with towering thirty-foot waves. The coast defend then introduced some of the most complicated 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 countless numbers of hours of interviews with the workforce participants 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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