"RESCUE OF THE BOUNTY" BY AUTHOR MICHAEL TOUGIAS AT MAINE LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM - SUNDAY, JULY 6TH - 6:30 PM

By Dorothy Black | Jun 19, 2014
Courtesy of: Michael Tougias

SAVE THE DATE - SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2014 - AN EXCITING PRESENTATION AND BOOK SIGNING - "RESCUE OF THE BOUNTY" WITH AUTHOR MICHAEL TOUGIAS AT MAINE LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM IN ROCKLAND

The story begins on October 25, 2012 when Captain Robin Walbridge made the fateful decision to sail theHMS Bounty from New London, Connecticut to St. Petersburg, Florida.  Walbridge was well aware that a hurricane was forecast to come up the Eastern seaboard.  He explained to his crew of 15 that the ship would fare better at sea than at port, and that he thought he could sail “around the hurricane.”  He told the crew that  anyone who did not want to come on the voyage could leave the ship and there would be no hard feelings.  No one took the captain up on his offer, and this decision would have fatal consequences.

Four days into the voyage Superstorm Sandy made an almost direct hit on the Bounty. The captain issued a Mayday explaining that the vessel’s pumps could not keep up with the incoming water.  A few hours later, in the dark of night, the vessel suddenly heeled over, sending the crew tumbling into the ocean filled with crashing thirty foot waves.  Some were swept far from the ship, others found themselves tangled in the rigging, while others were trapped below the surface by the masts and spreaders.

 

The museum is located at One Park Drive in Downtown Rockland and Parking is Free at the Trade Winds Motor Inn across the street from the museum.  Admission is $8 per person.

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