Her death was avoidable, but the the captain insisted to take Bounty out to meet Sandy in the most treacherous sea off Hatteras, NC. It was sick to my stomach to hear this. The captain had so many warning for so long, and yet he set sail from CT to Florida.
1. He could stay put at CT
2. He could sail to NYC harbor and up the Hudson river
3. He could duck in Norfolk or in Potomac
The original Bounty had more than 65 professional crews, but he only had 15 inexperienced volunteer crew members on board. The engine was so under-power for her size. It was a wooden boat that badly need fixing.
With such bad conditions, why would he willing to risk the live of others to face the storm of the century is beyond comprehension.