46277Bounty has sunk! A casualty of Hurricane Sandy
- Oct 29, 2012Hi Everyone,
I heard and spoke with Tall Ships America around 7am this morning that the
Bounty was in trouble and unfortunately she has sunk and a great Tall Ship
is lost to the ages. She was scheduled to tour the Great Lakes next year as
part of the War of 1812 Tall Ships Bicentennial tour which of course will
not be happening now. 14 of the 16 crew have been rescued to date and two
are still missing with the potential of another person as there seemed to be
some conflicting news on how many were aboard the ship in total. Either way
thoughts and prayers go out to the two or three that are still missing and
that they are rescued. Below is a news article from the Bounty from this
Also as a note all media and official inquiries to the Bounty and her
sinking should be directly to Tall Ships America.
Ontario Tall Ship Pan Provincial Co-ordinator - 2013
At least two crew members of a Nova Scotia-built replica vessel are missing
after abandoning ship off the coast of North Carolina in high seas brought
on by Hurricane Sandy.
Officials with the U.S. Coast Guard told CBC News the 16-member crew of HMS
Bounty decided to abandon ship after getting caught in 5.5-metre seas off
Cape Hatteras on Monday.
All the crew members made it onto two covered life-rafts but only 14 people
were hoisted onto helicopters, said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Brendan Selerno. He
said officials have not yet had the chance to debrief the 14 survivors to
find out what happened to the two other crew members.
Selerno said the two missing crew members are believed to be in cold water
survival suits and life-jackets. He said the air search is being plotted
based on wind direction and speed, and will be expanded.
HMS Bounty sank several hours after the evacuation.
The Coast Guard was originally told 17 people were on the Bounty but only 16
heat signatures were detected. They now say 16 people were on board. The
boat's owner says there were 17 people on board.
A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter arrived on scene at
approximately 6:30 a.m. and hoisted five people from the life-rafts. A
second helicopter arrived and rescued nine more people.
Helicopter rescue mission
The U.S. Coast Guard was contacted on Sunday night after the ship began
taking on water. A Hercules C-130 aircraft was dispatched to try to get the
crew to safety.
"We had a C-130 on scene that was running out of fuel and experiencing a
little crew fatigue, so we dispatched another C-130 to arrive on scene and
relieve them," said Petty Officer 1st Class Jordan Campbell.
The Hercules C-130 remains on the scene in the search for the missing crew
members. A third MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter is on the way to assist in the
search effort, said the U.S. Coast Guard.
Officials with the U.S. Coast Guard said the winds in the area are sustained
in the 75 km/h range.
Claudia McCann, whose husband is the captain of the Bounty, said she hadn't
slept since she received word the ship was taking on water.
She said her husband, Captain Robin Walbridge, was trying to get around
Hurricane Sandy en route to Florida.
"He was just trying to avoid it, skirt it. Skirt through it, skirt around
it," McCann said Monday.
"I'm sure he's devastated. Absolutely devastated. But the crew comes first
and you have to save the crew."
'Just in case something happens'
Claudene Christian, whose daughter Claudene is a crew member on the Bounty,
said her daughter had contacted her before heading out on her journey.
"She says, 'We're heading out and I just wanted to tell you and dad that I
love you.' And I said, 'What are you saying that for?' And she said, 'Just
in case something happens,'" Christian said in a phone interview from
"She was truly and genuinely happy and loved the Bounty and loved what she
was doing - and wanted us to know that just in case she went down with the
The replica of HMS Bounty, which launched in Lunenburg in 1960, was made
famous in a 1962 movie starring Marlon Brando - Mutiny on the Bounty. It has
also appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest starring Johnny
HMS Bounty operated as a sea school and was most recently in Halifax in July
for the Tall Ships Festival
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