Monday, October 29, 2012

Sandy Sinks the Bounty

Sandy claimed the HMS Bounty and sadly possibly two of its crew.

I briefly scanned a headline about the Bounty rescue this morning but never clicked through to the story (I incorrectly assumed it was a fishing boat).  What an incredible rescue story.

From The Christian Science Monitor...
Hurricane Sandy has already claimed a well-known victim, as the massive storm has sunk the tall ship HMS Bounty off the coast of North Carolina. Two US Coast Guard helicopters rescued 14 of the ship’s 16 crew members early Monday morning. The Coast Guard is still searching for the two missing crew, a service spokesman said. 
The ship issued a distress call at 6:30, Eastern time, on Sunday evening. By 4:30 a.m., the situation was so bad that the captain ordered the ship abandoned. 
The ship that sank Monday was a replica of the original Bounty, built for the 1962 “Mutiny on the Bounty” movie, which starred Marlon Brando as Christian. It was constructed from original Royal Navy plans, but was made one-third larger to accommodate cameras and other filming equipment. Over the years it has starred in a number of sailing movies, including the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series, in which it was the pirate ship Black Pearl.
The rescue footage is amazing.

1 comment:

james townsend said...

Too bad, beautiful old ship...wonder how deep the water is where she went down? Just asking.


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