HMS Bounty Tall Ship Sinks In Hurricane, Three Days After Sailing From New London

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Fourteen crew members of the HMS Bounty tall ship were rescued by the Coast Guard in Hurricane Sandy Sunday but one died and the captain is missing after an ill-fated journey that started Thursday in New London.

The ship, a replica of the 18th century vessel, was made for the 1962 movie “Mutiny on the Bounty,” starring Marlon Brando.

Day 2 after leaving New London

Why would it set sail into a hurricane known to be among the largest in area ever recorded? The story is told on the Bounty’s Facebook page and web page, and in the Washington Post.  The captain and crew tried to sail around Sandy but the ship took on water off the coast of North Carolina in 40-foot waves, and sank.

The Bounty was in New London on a stop after a month of repairs in Maine, on its way to its home port of St. Petersburg, Fla.  It stopped in Connecticut for a gathering with crew from the USS Mississippi submarine on Oct. 25, the New London Day reported.

Reached in St. Petersburg, the wife of Capt. Robin Walbridge told Reuters she was proud that the 17-year veteran of the vessel was doing what he loved, and was the last to leave the Bounty. He is still missing. Crew member Claudene Christian was recovered but later died.

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “HMS Bounty Tall Ship Sinks In Hurricane, Three Days After Sailing From New London

    1. Blorf

      Well, it’s obvious that you know nothing about nautical navigation. A ship is safer at sea then docked.

      1. RW

        A ship IS safer at sea then docked — no question. But the crew is safer on land then at sea in a hurricane.

  1. John

    You who say “you obviously know nothing about sailing”… True, it is said a boat is safer at sea than docked during a storm. But there are many, many factors to consider before taking a sailboat out to sea during a massive storm. The captain who convinced others to go along on this needless sail is missing and one crew member dead. We can only wonder what was the true motivating factor behind this venture that lost lives and put coast guard personnel lives at risk as well and left greiving families. All this could have and should have been avoided.

  2. mg

    Ok, so a ship is safer at sea, but did it have to sail in to or in the direction of a massive storm? Could it not have sailed in a different direction?

  3. Rich

    Something doesn’t compute about the explanation–Sailing due east from New London out to the open Atlantic might have been a safe concept, but why would they have gone through the storm to the Carolinas? Not getting it, must have been a tragic case of overconfidence.

  4. TOM BENNETT

    WELL ITS SUNK NOW,ACCIDENTS HAPPEN EVERYDAY, LETS CUT THE BS AND SOMEONE PLEASE RAISE THE SHIP BACK UP & RESTORE IT AGAIN, ME & MY WIFE LOVED THAT SHIP SINCE WE FIRST SAWS IT IN ANNOPALIS MD IN OUR JETBOAT, LETS LET OUR KIDS SEE IT AGAIN !BUT BE MORE CAREFUL WHOEVER IS BEHIND THE WHEEL OR ?

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