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.
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.