Monday, July 22, 2013

Into the Storm – The Final Days and Decisions on Bounty

Drivers always slow down and rubberneck at car accidents, don’t they?  Like me, you may have caught yourself complaining about the practice and wondering “Why are people so morbid that...

July 22, 2013
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Friday, March 1, 2013
HMS Bounty Sinking USCG Photo

Bounty Hearing Day 1: Chief Mate Testifies

Editor’s Note: This is part 1 of Mario Vittone’s 8-part series from the U.S. Coast Guard’s formal hearing into the October 29, 2012 sinking of the tall ship Bounty off the...

March 1, 2013
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Monday, February 25, 2013
Bounty Hearings

The Whole Truth – Bounty Hearings – Day 8

What happened to Bounty on the morning of October 29th, 2012? Finding out what went wrong and why, when things happened or didn’t, and who said what to whom –...

February 25, 2013
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Friday, February 22, 2013

The 17th Passenger – Bounty Hearings – Day 7

At the start of each day of the hearings, Commander Kevin Carroll does the same thing: he reads a statement.  He tells all in attendance, “The purpose of the investigation...

February 22, 2013
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Cost of Waiting – Bounty Hearings – Day 6

Tangled in rigging, he was dragged under the water again.  This time he wasn’t coming up. With no chance to get a breath and struggling to free himself, he started...

February 20, 2013
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sins of Omission – Bounty Hearings – Day 5

Sometimes bad things happen. We do something that we shouldn’t and that leads to tragedy. Do the right thing at the wrong time or the wrong thing anytime and you...

February 19, 2013
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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Daniel Cleveland

The Illusion of Experience – Bounty Hearings – Day 4

Tall ship sailors are so easy to like. When you meet them, within minutes, you know you are meeting someone who is doing exactly what they love. They are not...

February 16, 2013
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Friday, February 15, 2013

Testimony Highlights Complexity in Case – Bounty Hearings – Day 3

When solving a mystery, an investigator looks for evidence. On the third day of testimony at the joint Coast Guard/NTSB hearings in Portsmouth, Virginia, I was reminded just how hard...

February 15, 2013
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Rotted Frames on Bounty – Bounty Hearings – Day 2

The witness, Todd Kosakowski, looked at Coast Guard’s evidence # CG-41:  a series of 29 photographs he had taken of Bounty during its most recent yard period. Mr. Kosakowski –...

February 14, 2013
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