of the Bounty is the harrowing story of the sinking
and rescue of Bounty—the tall ship
used in the classic 1962 film Mutiny on
the Bounty—which was caught in the path of Hurricane Sandy with sixteen
On Thursday, October 25, 2012, Captain Robin
Walbridge made the fateful decision to sail Bounty
from New London, Connecticut, to St. Petersburg, Florida. Walbridge was well
aware that a hurricane was forecast to travel north from the Caribbean toward
the eastern seaboard. Yet the captain was determined to sail. As he explained
to his crew of fifteen: A ship is always safer at sea than in port. He intended
to sail “around the hurricane” and told the crew that anyone who did not want
to come on the voyage could leave the ship—there would be no hard feelings. As
fate would have it, no one took the captain up on his offer.
Four days into the voyage, Superstorm Sandy made an
almost direct hit on Bounty. The
vessel’s failing pumps could not keep up with the incoming water. The ship
began to lose power as it was beaten and rocked by hurricane winds that spanned
eight hundred miles. A few hours later, in the dark of night, the ship suddenly
overturned ninety miles off the North Carolina coast in the “Graveyard of the
Atlantic,” sending the crew tumbling into an ocean filled with towering
thirty-foot waves. The Coast Guard then launched one of the most complex and
massive rescues in its history, flying two Jayhawk helicopter crews into the
hurricane and lowering rescue swimmers into the raging seas again and again,
despite the danger to their own lives.
In the uproar heard across American media in the
days following, a single question persisted: Why did the captain decide to
sail? Through hundreds of hours of interviews with the crew members, their
families, and the Coast Guard, the masterful duo of Michael J. Tougias and
Douglas A. Campbell creates an in-depth portrait of the enigmatic Captain
Walbridge, his motivations, and what truly occurred aboard Bounty during those terrifying days at sea.
Dripping with suspense and vivid high-stakes drama, Rescue of the Bounty is an unforgettable
tale about the brutality of nature and the human will to survive. Download and start listening now!