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MUTE ON THE BOUNTY

As the USCG Inquiry on the Bounty, an uninspected dockside attraction, proceeds with testimony from the surviving Chief Mate it is very disturbing to read of her poor condition.  A Code of Silence existed about her true condition which is tragically deplorable but is all too common in privately owned vessels.  One has to wonder why she should have been at sea at all, certainly not trying to sail around the East Coast hurricane Sandy on an inshore track through the dangerous semi-circle, and having sailed without valid ships papers or a coastal transire. 

Rather than repeat the data coming out of the Inquiry NAUTICAL LOG would like to direct you to the Blog "gCaptain" which has excellent coverage by professional seafarers and not Media persons.

The interest of NAUTICAL LOG stems from my long friendship with Tom Christian of Pitcairn Island which began when we were fellow Officers in TSS Tamahine of the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand in 1959.  He was Radio Officer and myself a brand new Third Officer.

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