HMS Bounty Replica Falls Victim to Hurricane Sandy
She had a long career in motion pictures and was still enjoying an active life at sea, but the 180-foot replica of the sailing ship HMS Bounty came to a tragic end when she sailed into the wrath of Hurricane Sandy on 29 October.
The U.S. Coast Guard succeeded in rescuing 14 Bounty crew members in 40-mph winds and 18-foot seas, but the captain and another crew member were killed.
The stately three-master, which was used for everything from goodwill tours to educational programs, had departed the previous week from New London, Connecticut, bound for St. Petersburg, Florida. While en route the ship was maintaining contact with the National Hurricane Center, and it is believed the captain was trying to head her east around the storm when she began taking on water. After issuing a distress signal, the crew piled into life rafts and, thanks largely to cold-water survival suits that kept hypothermia at bay, managed to survive in the maelstrom until the following morning’s rescue.