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HMS Bounty Sunk By Hurricane Sandy

Posted 10/30/2012 6:30 am by

For the 1962 film Mutiny on the Bounty, Marlon Brandon and the Hollywood minds behind the flick had to find a version of the HMS Bounty to film the movie on, so they built one on which to film the 1789 mutiny.  That 180-foot long seaworthy replica ship remained extant until very recently, touring the country, giving tours of the ship and educating the public on tall ships, but that mission has ended.  The HMS Bounty has sunk about 90 miles off the coast of Hatteras, North Carolina.

Of the crew on board, 14 of the 16 were found safe and sound in life boats wearing cold weather survival suits.  The body of one of the missing crew members was recovered after the rescue.  The captain of the ship, Robin Walbridge, remains missing.  The ship was heading from New London, Connecticut  to St. Petersburg, Florida, for its winter hiatus.  According to some reports, the crew had tried to sail around Hurricane Sandy, but the ship began taking on water due to 40 MPH winds and 18-foot-high waves.

Sailing those tall ships is not easy, as any sailor could tell you.  It’s a shame they couldn’t rescue the ship and the crew, but it’s better that the people live than the boat be saved.  They can always build another Bounty.

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