It was one of the strangest sights the Coast Guard pilots had ever seen: a tall-masted wooden ship, the kind that sailed centuries ago, capsizing in the wind and towering waves of Hurricane Sandy off the coast of North Carolina. It looked like something out of a movie - and, in a way, it was. The ship was the Bounty, a replica of a British merchant vessel of the same name whose crew famously mutinied in 1789. She had been built for a Marlon Brando film in the 1960s - and now she was sinking, her 16-person crew fleeing into the sea amid the splintered wood and torn canvas.
Was the Bounty's sinking - which left her captain missing and one of her crew members dead - an unavoidable tragedy? Or was it the fault of a captain who was willing to risk everything to save the ship he loved? Drawing on exclusive interviews with Bounty survivors and Coast Guard rescuers, journalist Matthew Shaer reconstructs the ship's final voyage and the Coast Guard investigation into her sinking that followed, uncovering a riveting story of heroism and hubris in the eye of a hurricane.
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Tragic Tale, Read by the Author
This was a wrenching tale of the sinking of the modern day ship, the Bounty. It was a custom built ship, made and used in one of the previous films covering the Mutiny on the Bounty. No one single event doomed the ship, but several questionable decisions by the Captain sealed the ship's fate as well as some of the crew. Expertly researched and well told, I listened to this book using Immersion Reading, while listening to the audiobook. The author read his own work and did a wonderful job.