HMS Bounty Replica Tall Ship Sinks In Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy Octobert 27 2012
Hurricane Sandy Octobert 27 2012

HMS Bounty Replica Tall Ship Sinks In Hurricane Sandy (see video below)Hatteras North Carolina with Crew of 16 – The 180-foot, three-masted ship HMS Bounty, a tall sailing ship built in Nova Scotia Canada, sunk 90 miles off the coast of Hatteras, North Carolina on Monday October 28, 2012, during Hurricane Sandy.

The crew of 16 departed from New London, Connecticut on October 25 at the direction of Captain Robin Walbridge, 63, was sailing for St. Petersburg, Florida. HMS Bounty was scheduled to arrive at the Pier in St. Petersburg around November 7, to be on display November 10 and 11.

HMS Bounty was a replica ship built for the 1963 film, Mutiny on the Bounty and later appeared in the movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

Hurricane Sandy Tall Sailing Ship Bounty Sunk Cape Hatteras October 29 2012
Hurricane Sandy Tall Sailing Ship Bounty Sunk Cape Hatteras October 29 2012

Though the captain had an inexperienced he decided the ship had a better chance at sea during a hurricane Sandy. The ship had sailed southeast before a final direction of south, while the ships crew was in quarters sleeping the captain changed course moving closer toward sandy to catch more wind.

The captain under-estimated the 1000 mile wide path of high seas that Hurricane Sandy was producing. He also overestimated the wooden ship and his crews abilities to stand up against the forces of the storm.

The satellite image below was taken around 11:00 in the morning on October 29, 2012 and the overlay shows the position of the ship when the ships distress calls were placed.

Video: Hurricane Sandy Sinks HMS Bounty