Testimony: Worker saw rot during Bounty’s repair
This is terrible.
This Captain made horrible horrible decisions.
By Aaron Applegate
© February 13, 2013
The wooden tall ship Bounty set sail toward Hurricane Sandy with an unknown amount of rot in its frame despite warnings from a shipwright that had recently worked on the boat, according to testimony heard Wednesday.
Todd Kosakowski, a project manager at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in Maine, said the rot was found when replacing two interior planks the Bounty crew targeted for repair.
He testified on the second day of a Coast Guard hearing in Portsmouth into the Oct. 29 sinking of the Bounty during the hurricane, about 90 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras. The Bounty’s captain, Robin Walbridge, was never found. Another crew member died.
Kosakowski said that while the ship was in the yard in September and October, he informed Walbridge about the framing damage. Walbridge, he said, decided he would have it fixed the next time the Bounty was hauled out.
"I told him I was more than worried about what we found and voiced my concerns a couple of different times," he said.
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You may remember we followed this story as it unfolded last October-
The HMS Bounty which was the feature ship in Gloucester’s Schooner Festival Last Summer was taking on water out at sea and it’s 17 person crew just abandoned ship.
Uhmmm does this not beg the question-
“WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING OUT TO SEA ON THIS BOAT WHEN THEY’VE BEEN FORCASTING THIS STORM FOR OVER A WEEK?”
Somebody’s got some splainin’ to do!