First, the Bounty. No, not HMS Bounty as much of the media insisted on calling her; just the Bounty, a film-prop ship built for the 1960 film. Not quite a replica of the original she was 180' long with a 30' beam, compared to 90' length and a 23' beam, increasing her hull-speed and enabling her diesel to get her from builder's yard to film location a bit quicker. She also probably had a much higher centre of gravity than the original - a draught of just 13' compared to at least 18' in the original. I've no idea how functional the sailing rig was, but I suspect that unless she had a thick lead bolt-on keel any real press of sail may have capsized her. It's also reported that her owners were in financial difficulties and had been trying to sell her since 2010.
Four days ago her owners decided to send her from Connecticut to Florida, across the path of the fast-approaching storm. She foundered and sank off the North Carolina coast, somewhere off Hatteras Point. A video shot by a surviving crew member shows a completely bare upper deck - not even the compulsory lookout in sight - as she rolled in the 18' swell under power, the wind hard on her starboard beam and the wheel lashed. The crew were reportedly all below not feeling well. I shall comment no further as the USCG inquiry will be as thorough as our own MAIB investigations are and we must wait for the outcome.
The second is the SNCM ferry Napoleon Bonaparte, now flooded and grounded in dock at Marseilles with a 30' gash in her hull as she broke her moorings in 60mph winds at the weekend. In harbour. Inside a breakwater. The cause is obvious - her high centre of gravity and huge slab sides. The effects of even moderate winds on stability are great, and combined with the potential for free-surface effects if there is any flooding at all of the vehicle decks makes these vessels, and all similar 'cruise ships' in my view, the new coffin ships, unsuited for anything but short inshore and coastal passages in good weather.