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The Final Hours of Tall Ship HMS Bounty

By October 30, 2012

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There are so many compelling stories coming out in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, but I was particularly struck by this article from The Washington Post about the tall ship HMS Bounty:

HMS Bounty: A tall ship's final hours in hurricane-ravaged seas - The Washington Post

According to the Post, the ship departed New London, Connecticut, on Thursday night in an effort to reach St. Petersburg, Florida, its winter home. The 1962 replica ship of the HMS Bounty, built to star in the Hollywood film "Mutiny on the Bounty," was a regular feature at Tall Ship events across the country. Unfortunately, the hurricane winds and waves were too much for the Bounty and it sunk in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of North Carolina.

Sixteen crew members were on the HMS Bounty. The Coast Guard rescued 14 and found the body of crew member Claudene Christian. The ship's captain, Robin Walbridge, is still missing.

This morning, the administrator of the HMS Bounty's Facebook page posted information about a relief fund that has been set up to assist the surviving crew members who lost everything, including their livelihoods, when the ship went down.

Of course, the sinking of the HMS Bounty is just one of the tragedies emerging from Hurricane Sandy. One of the best round-ups of links, news, photos, and videos related to Hurricane Sandy comes from Brian Lam of The Scuttlefish. In this article, Lam reminds us that we can all do our part to help in the recovery by assisting the Red Cross.

You can donate $10 to the Red Cross right now by texting REDCROSS to 90999

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Photo from the HMS Bounty's Facebook page.

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