Hurricane Sandy sinks HMS Bounty movie ship

U.S. Coast Guard helicopters rescued 14 crew members who were on the famous HMS Bounty, an 18th-century replica ship that had been built in Nova Scotia for the 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty and later was used for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. The ship was pulled into the sea by Hurricane Sandy yesterday. The Coast Guard helped get 14 crew members, who were in lifeboats, into helicopters. Not so lucky was Claudene Christian, a descendant of Fletcher Christian, one of the main characters in Mutiny on the Bounty. She was not alive when pulled out of the cold water last night. The ship’s captain, Robin Walbridge, 63, is still missing. All of the crew members were wearing survival suits, meant to keep them afloat and protect them from cold water. The ship’s owner, Bob Hansen told KUSA: “She’s a very large ship, and that little bit of water really does not do anything to her. But somehow we lost power in our generator and in our main engines, and as a result, we could not pump any water out of the boat…. it just got to the point where she couldn’t stay afloat anymore.”  ~Luxy Hariharan

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  1. C-Dub • October 30, 2012 @ 7:10 PM

    Brutal. And to lose an ancestor of someone that was actually on the real ship back then is tragic but somehow fitting death at sea. Hope everyone else out ok.

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