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Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy

Rescue of the Bounty Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy An all new harrowing maritime tale of the sinking and rescue efforts surrounding the HMS Bounty the actual replica used in the remake of the classic Mutiny on the Bounty which sank during Hu

  • Title: Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy
  • Author: Michael Tougias Doug Campbell
  • ISBN: 9781476746630
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An all new harrowing maritime tale of the sinking and rescue efforts surrounding the HMS Bounty the actual replica used in the 1962 remake of the 1935 classic Mutiny on the Bounty which sank during Hurricane Sandy with sixteen aboard.The harrowing story of the sinking and rescue of Bounty the tall ship used in the classic 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty which was caught inAn all new harrowing maritime tale of the sinking and rescue efforts surrounding the HMS Bounty the actual replica used in the 1962 remake of the 1935 classic Mutiny on the Bounty which sank during Hurricane Sandy with sixteen aboard.The harrowing story of the sinking and rescue of Bounty the tall ship used in the classic 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty which was caught in the path of Hurricane Sandy with sixteen aboardOn Thursday, October 25, 2012, Captain Robin Walbridge made the fateful decision to sail Bounty from New London, Connecticut, to St Petersburg, Florida Walbridge was well aware that a hurricane was forecast to travel north from the Caribbean toward the eastern seaboard Yet the captain was determined to sail As he explained to his crew of fifteen a ship is always safer at sea than in port He intended to sail around the hurricane and told the crew that anyone who did not want to come on the voyage could leave the ship there would be no hard feelings As fate would have it, no one took the captain up on his offer.Four days into the voyage, Superstorm Sandy made an almost direct hit on Bounty The vessel s failing pumps could not keep up with the incoming water The ship began to lose power as it was beaten and rocked by hurricane winds that spanned eight hundred miles A few hours later, in the dark of night, the ship suddenly overturned ninety miles off the North Carolina coast in the Graveyard of the Atlantic, sending the crew tumbling into an ocean filled with towering thirty foot waves The coast guard then launched one of the most complex and massive rescues in its history, flying two Jayhawk helicopter crews into the hurricane and lowering rescue swimmers into the raging seas again and again, despite the danger to their own lives In the uproar heard across American media in the days following, a single question persisted Why did the captain decide to sail Through hundreds of hours of interviews with the crew members, their families, and the coast guard, the masterful duo of Michael J Tougias and Douglas A Campbell creates an in depth portrait of the enigmatic Captain Walbridge, his motivations, and what truly occurred aboard Bounty during those terrifying days at sea.Dripping with suspense and vivid high stakes drama, Rescue of the Bounty is an unforgettable tale about the brutality of nature and the human will to survive.

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    About "Michael Tougias Doug Campbell"

    1. Michael Tougias Doug Campbell

      Adventure is the theme that runs through most of my books, from outdoors titles The Connecticut River from Source to Sea, Exploring the Hidden Charles to fiction Until I Have No Country to nonfiction sea rescues Overboard A Storm Too Soon, Rescue of the Bounty.One of my current adventures is waiting to see if Disney will begin filming a movie length version of the Coast Guard rescue book The Finest Hours Another adventure for me is publishing a funny family memoir with my daughter, called The Cringe Chronicles Mortifying Misadventures with my Dad.My friends have been asking if I ll write a sequel to There s a Porcupine in my Outhouse 2003 Outdoor Book of the Year but I think they just want me to revise their characters so they don t look so dumb

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    1. For me this was a somewhat haunting book because for a few years after college I myself worked on tall ships (Providence, Niagara, Hawaiian Chieftain). I could very easily put myself in the shoes of the young deckhands on the Bounty. Another haunting thing for me was that while I knew no one personally named in this book, some names were mentioned that I knew at least at second hand, reinforcing the nostalgia I felt reading about this industry. Finally, I remember conversations with more experie [...]


    2. During Hurricane Sandy, I remember hearing about the Bounty being out in the middle of the storm. And thinking, "What was that ship doing THERE?????"Now I know. The captain's idea was to get out of the storm's path, thinking the boat was likely to suffer serious damage if it were caught at the dock. If the hurricane was something like normal, the plan might have worked. But Sandy was so huge, to an unprecedented and unexpected degree, that the Bounty never stood a chance. Now, it is obvious that [...]


    3. This author does such a wonderful job of drawing the reader in that I felt as though I was there, in the water, swimming, rescuing, surviving. And again, my respect and awe for the Coast Guard continues. The men and women who serve are nothing short of heroes.


    4. Reviewed by Eric HeimbuchIn 2012, I had the opportunity to drive across country in route to my new duty station, located in Portsmouth, NH. I had to make a stop on the way in New London, CT, and as it happened, I was also chasing the last remnants of Superstorm Sandy. I got to see first hand some of the destruction that this storm put down on the east coast of the US, and it was awesome.You can read this entirereview and others like it at San Diego Book Review.


    5. I remember as we were preparing for Sandy ourselves watching this ship flounder in the waves on TV and thinking even then, how could this have happened? I was surprised to see this at the library and grabbed it right up. The book sucked me in but at the same time there was that feeling as you read about the Captain and his life you knew that this was going to end badly and that's all that's going to be remembered. As I read I wondered if there was more to the sinking then over confidence in the [...]


    6. This is exactly what I expect from Michael Tougias!!A cohesive, informational disaster at sea that reads like a novel! As in his other books, I found myself unconsciously holding my breath from one paragraph to the next, feeling like I was 'there', witnessing firsthand the efforts to locate and rescue the Bounty and its crew. Other reviews can summarize the story. My review is to express that the book is an amazing, honest tribute to the Bounty's Captain and crew, as well as to the courageous, s [...]


    7. Actually, I was disappointed in this book. Why? Both writers are experienced and superb reporters. However, as you go through this short book, it becomes pretty clear they relied primarily on publicly available information. I found little in depth interviews with crew members or even foundation members. Reporters of this caliber should have been able to accomplish this. Ultimately, reading Rescue is like watching a tragedy happen that never should have happened. Bounty should not have left the d [...]


    8. Another great rescue at sea story from Michael Tougias, this time coauthored with Doug Campbell. The two writers try to get into the ship captain's head by dissecting his background and his personality: was he overconfident in his abilities when he decided to try sailing "around" one of the largest recorded hurricanes? The result is a compelling read that says a lot about decision making and unquestioned loyalty. It's also another great (exciting) salute to the skills of US Coast Guard, who moni [...]


    9. I saw the author speak at a book fair and he did a wonderful job telling the story and in Annapolis sailing stories are always compelling. But his writing was not nearly as good as his presentation. Or perhaps he had a really poor editor. 20 pages of backstory on each crew member, completely unnecessary. And switching back and forth between the captain's other voyages made the flow of the story very sloppy.


    10. This book was fascinating and I read it in 12 hours. Since I have sailed on a 3 masted ship, I was interested in what led up to the sinking of the ship. The author was detail oriented and also wrote about the crew in a way that was interesting. At times there was a lot of jumping between past and present, but overall a very concise book that starts from the days leading up to the sailing through the entire rescue process.


    11. Great book on the rescue of the crew of the Bounty. As usual i came away with the utmost admiration for the flight crews and especially the Swimmers who go into the water and save peoples lives. The book takes us through the various crew members and especially the Captain showing how little problems can manifest until it is really dangerous for everyone. Very good read.


    12. I have enjoyed all of Michael Tougias' naval disaster books, and this is no exception. He balances the level of background of the sailors with the action sequences of their rescue very well. As a sailor, I feel like I learn something from every one of his books I read and here I found out that my knowledge of the fatalities was actually incorrect.


    13. Very well written and researched and diligently executed, this is the harrowing true story of the wreck of the BOUNTY, the famous tall ship used in many movies, ("Mutiny on the Bounty", "Pirates of the Caribbean Parts 2 and 3"). A real page turner, I finished it in one sitting. Great reading.


    14. Well written account - with plenty of detail and side stories - of a wild story. I had the pleasure of meeting one of the co- authors at a book store book signing for a lot of the backstory. A great read.




    15. A great book. Even though I have never been on the ocean let alone a sailing ship, I could picture everything happening to the ship and crew. A very well written book and a great summer read.



    16. The first third of the book struck me as poorly organized and written. But then, inexplicably, it got better. Not great, but better. An interesting story. A fast read.





    17. Page turner. Even though the book is based on recent events, you still just want to find out how it ends. The author provides a balanced report of events.


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