The Sinking of the Bounty

bounty-cover-landscape-4I spent much of the Memorial Day weekend catching up on periodicals, and one in particular is worth noting. Matthew Shaer’s piece for the Atavist on The Sinking on the Bounty is both a griping read and a great example of how an electronic format can enhance long-form narratives. Interspersed with the text are weather maps tracing the path of Hurricane Sandy and video of some of the Bounty’s crew being rescued by the Coast Guard.

Fortunately, it’s rare for a tall sailing ship to sink in a storm these days, but as I read Shaer’s account, I found myself thinking how many other ships, many of which are now being excavating and studied by archaeologists, must have gone down in the much the same way.

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About lorensteffy

Loren Steffy is a writer, speaker and consultant. He is the author of Drowning in Oil: BP and the Reckless Pursuit of Profit published by McGraw-Hill in 2010 and The Man Who Thought Like a Ship, published by Texas A&M University Press in April 2012. A journalist for more than 25 years, he was most recently the business columnist for the Houston Chronicle.
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