In October 2012, A Replica Of The Famous HMSBounty, An Eighteenth Century Tall Sailing Ship, Was On A Collision Course With A Storm That Would Become The Largest Hurricane Ever Recorded In The Atlantic A Clash That Would Prove Dramatic, Tragic, Perplexing, And Ultimately One Of The Most Unforgettable Stories Of Superstorm Sandy Crewed By An Eclectic Team Of Seafarers, The Bounty Was Led By Robin Walbridge, Their Highly Respected Captain With Decades At The Helm, Whose Decisions Sometimes Questionable Decided The Fate Of His Ship And Crew Departing From Connecticut As The Storm Raced North From The Caribbean, Walbridge Attempted To Outmaneuver Sandy, Heading The Bounty Southeast As Violent Gusts Tossed The Wooden Ship, The Crew Fought To Save Their Beloved Bounty And Finally To Save Themselves When Waves, Wind, And Encroaching Water Finally Overtook The Ship In An Area Known As The Graveyard Of The Atlantic, The Crew Was Suddenly Tossed Into The Churning Sea The Bounty Was Gone, But Their Fate Was Still To Be Determined The Men And Women Of A Coast Guard Station In North Carolina Summoned The Courage To Fly Into Hundred Mile Per Hour Winds While The Residents Of The Eastern Seaboard Were Fleeing Or Bracing For The Hurricane S Impact Through Hours Of White Knuckle Flying, With Crew Members Thrown About Their Aircraft And Rescue Swimmers Jumping Into Thirty Foot Seas, The Coast Guard Accomplished One Of Its Most Memorable Rescues Ever Based On Interviews With Bounty Survivors And Unfettered Access To Coast Guard Rescue Team Members, The Gathering Wind Offers Not Only The First But The Most Complete Account Of This Heartbreaking, Thrilling, And Inspirational Story.INCLUDES PHOTOS


10 thoughts on “The Gathering Wind

  1. Amanda Amanda says:

    I really wanted this book to be The Perfect Storm which I enjoyed because it packed so much history of the Gloucester area and Cape Ann fishing alongside the personal stories of the people involved and the story of what might have happened once contact was lost with the Andrea Gale This book was extremely factual and summarized a lot of points and relationships that could have gone into much greater depth and complexity I understand this makes it a quicker read which isenjoyable for I really wanted this book to b...


  2. Westwind Westwind says:

    The captain had a fatal case of GetThereItis This condition usually affects private pilots Also, if you are going to sail or fly, you have to keep the equipment in good condition Faulty generator that ran dewatering pump, faulty dewatering pump that failed to keep prime probably an air leak somewhere , debris from wood working plugging pump intake rotten wood in the ship s hull causing large leaks, and no manual backup pump Also, a sailing ship becomes unstable when enough water leaks into The captain had a fatal case of GetThereItis This condition usually affects private pilots Also, if you are going to sail or ...


  3. Robert Johnson Robert Johnson says:

    I found this book very readable It moves right along building in suspense until hurricane and tall ship collide At the time I could not understand why the ship was in the hurricane The reason is still not clear but the growing sen...


  4. Rayah Rayah says:

    A moving and cautionary tale As another reader criticized, it s very facts dates and numbers, but I appreciated hearing the story from an objective view Some authors would have tried to get into the mind of Capt Walbridge and what his reasons were for deciding to take the Bounty to sea with Hurricane Sandy bearing down I m glad he didn t do that He stuck to what is known and admitted what isn t known about the events leading up to the dramatic rescue at sea.A good read for anyone interested A moving and cautionary tale As another reader criticized, it s very facts dates and numbers, but I appreciated hearing the story from an objective view Some authors would have tried to get into the mind of Capt Walbridge and what his reasons were for deciding to take the Bounty to sea with Hurricane Sandy bearing down I m glad he didn t do that He stuck to what is known and admitted what isn t known about the events lead...


  5. Lilah Lilah says:

    This book describes multiple view points of the crew of the HMS Bounty who had to be rescued by the Coast Guard It was a well researched book that was gripping from the start I learned a lot about Tall Ships and the Coast Guard and what the sea is like during a hurricane A easy read that cap...


  6. Gmoor45 Gmoor45 says:

    I chose this book because it is a story about a courageous rescue at sea and Hurricane Sandy I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of sailors and ship or anyone interested in stories at sea There are very many points in the book that made me eveninterested and wanting to readThis book was also a pretty decent read for me considering it was around 270 pages long which, for me take, tends to take a while I really liked how much the author goes into deta I chose this book because it is a story about a courageous rescue at sea and Hurricane Sandy I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of sailors and ship or anyone interested in stories at sea There are very many points in the book...


  7. Barry Barry says:

    I was initially drawn to this book due to the fact that I saw this ship in Port Jefferson harbor on the north shore of Long Island a few months before it was lost in hurricane Sandy Now I half wish I had gone on board Oh well Getting to the book The author does a fine job of describing the circumstances that led up to the disaster and the rescue efforts involved The exc...


  8. dennis dennis says:

    fascinating topic book fails my chapter test 33 chapters and approx 270 pages, come on, organize better and less ADD but read it since i remember the tragedy when it happened.the captain may have been charismatic, but ultimately he was an arrogant fool to 1 take the Bounty to sea rather than remain in port, and 2 not trust the NOAA forecast, cutting across Sandy s path.fault also must lie with Hansen, the Bounty s owner he took the 5th during the hearings, so he must have plenty to hide fascinating topic book fails my chapter test 33 chapters and approx 270 pages, come on, organize better and less ADD but read it since i remember the tragedy when it happened.the captain may have b...


  9. Ellen Church Ellen Church says:

    As a former Tall Ships sailor with a brief stint 1 week on the HMS Bounty in the Ted Turner era, I found this book very difficult to read I did not know any of the people involved with the ship, but I knew the ship Reading the story of her last days was difficult It was obvious that the author was not familiar with Tall Ships sailing, but that probably made for aevenhanded telling, despite the few errors in the book Once the story moved on to the actual sinking, rescue and aftermath As a former Tall Ships sailor with a brief stint 1 week on the HMS Bounty in the Ted Turner era, I found this book very difficult to read I did not know any of the people involved with the ship, but I knew the ship Reading the story of her last days was difficult It was obvious that the autho...


  10. Andrew Andrew says:

    When the HMS Bounty went down, I was sitting in my office not 40 miles away from the site We saw the rescue choppers passing overhead, we listened in to the dispatch radio as the rescue was underway We sat in disbelief, wondering how a captain would choose to sail into a hurricane and why a seemingly well maintained ship would go down so quickly.In the Gathering Wind, Freeman covers everything, from the skimped repairs in drydock, to the captain s arrogance, to the inexperience of the crew, an When the HMS Bounty went d...