Hurricane Sandy Sinks HMS Bounty

The Coast Guard rescued 14 crew members who abandoned ship. Two remain missing. The HMS Bounty was scheduled to be docked in St. Petersburg Nov. 10 and 11 at the Pier.

The HMS Bounty has sunk off the coast of North Carolina on its way back to St. Petersburg, as Hurricane Sandy stirred up seas and wind gusts. 

The Coast Guard plucked 14 of the ship's 16 crewmembers from the waters after they jumped ship. 

HMS Bounty officials said they received a distress call from the Bounty at 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening. The ship had lost power, and the pumps were unable to keep up

According to the Associated Press, the crew was aware of the storm and tried to navigate around it. 

The director of the HMS Bounty Organization, Tracie Simonin, said that the tall ship left Connecticut last week for St. Petersburg, Fla. She said the crew had been in constant contact with the National Hurricane Center and tried to go around the storm.

Coast Guard Officials told the Washington Post that the crew was dealing with extremely difficult conditions trying to get to St. Pete. 

“With 40 mile-per-hour winds, 18-foot seas, waves and swells, and a mile of visibility, those are absolutely challenging circumstances to conduct this kind of hoist operation,” said Lt. Mike Patterson, a Coast Guard spokesman. “That’s a testimony to what our folks do.”

The HMS Bounty was scheduled to be docked in St. Petersburg Nov. 10 and 11 at the St. Petersburg Pier. 

According to the HMS Bounty Organization, the ship saw quite a history, including formally calling St. Petersburg home. 

The HMS Bounty is one of the most famous ships in the world. Known for the storied mutiny that took place in Tahiti in 1789 on board the British transport vessel, the current Bounty, a replica, has survived to tell the tale. Built for the 1962 movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” with Marlon Brando, HMS Bounty sails the country offering dockside tours in which one can learn about the history and details of sailing vessels from a lost and romanticized time in maritime history. Since her debut in “Mutiny on the Bounty”, HMS Bounty has appeared in many documentaries and featured films such as the Edinburgh Trader in Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Mans Chest with Johnny Depp. 

Gwen Thomas October 29, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I can't believe she's gone. Maybe it will sink in a place to offer an interesting dive site. Mutiny of the Bounty is one incredible movie, and my favorite Marlon Brando performance. Not only was the Bounty in many popular modern movies, but a crew of porn stars were able to film the rated X 'Pirates' a few years back while she was docked at the Pier here in St Petersburg; right under the nose of unknowing officials. Quite a history she had, indeed.
Red October 29, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Back in the mid '70s it was THE place to take my kids. A sad day. Goodbye Bounty. .. goodbye.
Ms Mona October 29, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Regardless of what happened it is a time of mourning for Our Ship here -The Bounty. They were on the way back home from Connecticut and got trapped in the storm. I am sure they were very much aware of the weather. A ship of this magnitude and history would never set off of course without proper equipment in an emergency. Unfortunately with Mother Nature and the weather I am sure they did everything they could to save her. May we be ever mindful of the families who are in anguish at this time with their loved ones missing. Human life will never take the place of this beautiful iconic ship, so may we please have respect and remember the great memories and continue to pray for those who are grieving today. I have very fond memories of The Bounty and I am deeply saddened of this loss. Thank you to Editor William Mansell for this story in the StPetePatch,
Ms Mona October 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM
The Captain of this iconic ship is still missing at sea. God Bless the United States Coast Guard for their heroic efforts in rescuing the crew members in the torrential weather and high seas. My heart goes out to them and to the family of the missing Captain of The Bounty - a St Petersburg resident.
Suzanne Mayer Miracle October 30, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Hard to believe this ship is gone. Rest in peace to those missing & prayers go to their families as they face their sorrow


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