Marine Safety Expert, Marjorie Murtagh Cooke, was featured on The History Channel’s “Engineering Disasters” to discuss the sinking of the “Bounty”.

The Bounty was a re-creation of the 18th-century British navy vessel HMS Bounty, constructed for the 1962 MGM film “Mutiny on the Bounty,” starring Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard.

On October 25, 2012 the vessel set sail on its final voyage, leaving New London, CT for St. Petersburg, FL, initially going on an easterly course to avoid Hurricane Sandy. A few days into the journey, the ship was overtaken by the storm and sank off the coast of North Carolina.

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In this segment Marjorie Cooke discusses the captain’s decision to set sail into hurricane conditions. She also explains some of the ship’s maintenance conditions that should have kept the ship in port even under the best of conditions.


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Marjorie Murtagh Cooke

Marjorie is an internationally recognized marine safety expert who has served as Director of the Office of Marine Safety for the NTSB. She has also held leadership positions with the International Maritime Organization and the U.S. Coast Guard. Over the course of her career, Marjorie’s responsibilities have included all facets of marine accident investigations including the preparation of detailed reports. Marjorie has testified before Congress, federal regulators and the courts.