WOW! Real H.M.S. Bounty SINKS in Sandy!

WOW! Real H.M.S. Bounty SINKS in Sandy!

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Captain Bligh

Erie, PA

#1 Oct 30, 2012
I saw this tall ship when it was in Erie for the regatta. Sad she had to take a life with her.

"A former USC song girl died at sea when the tall ship she was aboard sank off the North Carolina coast under Sandy’s ferocious winds and high waves.

Claudene Christian, 42, was a crew member of the HMS Bounty, a three-masted ship featured in the 1962 film “Mutiny on the Bounty” and two of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. She was one of 16 crew members, 14 of whom were plucked from lifeboats and rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard Monday. Coast Guard officials were still searching for the ship’s captain, 63-year-old Robin Walbridge.

Christian, a USC song girl in the 1990s, was not in a lifeboat and was unresponsive when rescue crews found her at 4:30 a.m. Monday, according to Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill. She was taken by helicopter to a North Carolina hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

PHOTOS: Sandy hammers much of the East Coast

A post Sunday to the ill-fated ship’s Facebook page said Walbridge intended to avoid the storm by sailing to the east on the ship's voyage from Connecticut to Florida.“So far so good!” the post said.“Bounty has now positioned herself to pass on the west side of Hurricane Sandy.”

In his last post Sunday, however, Walbridge said:“I think we are going to be into this for several days … We are just going to keep trying to go fast and squeeze by the storm and land as fast as we can.”

The ship sent out a distress call to its owners at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, saying it had lost power and that pumps were unable to keep up with water filling the hull. The ship’s owners contacted the Coast Guard, which sent out a search aircraft to the ship about 90 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras -– an area known as “the Graveyard of the Atlantic.”

- L.A. Times

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