HMS Bounty Claimed By Hurricane Sandy
As Hurricane Sandy slowly fades away and we see the path of destruction she has left us with and the clean up begins, one story that sticks out to me is the sinking of HMS Bounty.
HMS Bounty was originally a British transport vessel and the replica has appeared in several films including “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” with Johnny Depp. Bounty was originally built for the 1962 Marlon Brando movie “Mutiny on the Bounty”. The Bounty makes frequent trips around the country, offering a glimpse into maritime history, according to the ship’s website, the ship was due to make a stop in Florida before wintering in Galviston Texas.The HMS Bounty also spent quite a bit of time in Fall River as well, so the ship has a connection to the Southcoast.
The ship went down yesterday during the height of Hurricane Sandy off the coast of North Carolina. There are questions as to why the vessel went out to sea as the storm was bearing down.
Most of the crew were rescued by coast guard helicopters during the storm one crew member was pulled from the water unresponsive and was pronounced dead. The captain of the ill-fated ship’s captain, Robin Walbridge, 63 still has not been found by searchers.