The “Graveyard of the Atlantic” claims another victim.

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    The “Graveyard of the Atlantic” claims another victim.

    Granted she was built as a movie prop and used as such but it is sad to see such a majestic ship go down and at least one of the crew lose their life. They are still searching for the captain but he has not been found yet.

    Hurricane claims famous tall ship off NC coast

    ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — The final hours of the HMS Bounty were as dramatic as the Hollywood adventure films she starred in, with the crew abandoning ship in life rafts as their stately craft slowly went down in the immense waves churned up by Hurricane Sandy off the North Carolina coast.

    By the time the first rescue helicopter arrived, all that was visible of the replica 18th-century sailing vessel was a strobe light atop the mighty ship's submerged masts. The roiling Atlantic Ocean had claimed the rest.

    The Coast Guard rescued 14 crew members by helicopter Monday. Hours later, rescuers found one of the missing crew members, but she was unresponsive. And they were still searching for the captain.
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    It's sad to see one of the great ships gone. Haven't heard how the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle fared and she's the real deal built in 1936.

    Will be interesting to see if there's any chance of salvage and return to service for the Bounty.
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    I hope they raise her again and can. However, sad that someone lost their life when she went. That's terrible news.
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    What I cannot understand is why they were out in the conditions they were in. I understand she was not under sail but under power at the time (the bounty did have engines) but still...
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    Saw this on the news last night, bummer, beautiful ship. Cant believe they were trying to get south through the storm, what were they thinking?
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    Sad news indeed. Agree with others, have to question why they were out there in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapnketel View Post
    What I cannot understand is why they were out in the conditions they were in. I understand she was not under sail but under power at the time (the bounty did have engines) but still...
    All I know is that they were sailing east to get out of the path of the storm. Don't know if they were already at sea or decided that putting to sea was safer than riding it out while docked. Either way they lost the race and one person lost their life. Sad. Very sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapnketel View Post
    What I cannot understand is why they were out in the conditions they were in. I understand she was not under sail but under power at the time (the bounty did have engines) but still...
    I believe they took her out to escape the storm, but got caught up in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapnketel View Post
    What I cannot understand is why they were out in the conditions they were in. I understand she was not under sail but under power at the time (the bounty did have engines) but still...
    According to the posted link:

    (((Sal Mercogliano, a maritime historian at Campbell University, said Walbridge decided to move the ship, thinking it would be safer out at sea than at port, which was expecting a 10-12-foot tidal surge.
    According to a post on the Bounty's Facebook page, Walbridge sent a message Saturday night saying he thought harsh conditions would linger even after the eye of Hurricane Sandy passed.
    "We are just going to keep trying to go fast and squeeze by the storm and land as fast as we can," Walbridge wrote to Tracie Simonin, director of the HMS Bounty Organization.
    "They were staying in constant contact with the National Hurricane Center," Simonin said. "They were trying to make it around the storm.")))
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    What a shame.
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    What a shame. A ship can be rebuilt a life cannot!

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    Some ship names ships aren't meant to be used again. Glad no cruise line has chosen Titanic as a name.
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    I don't understand heading toward the storm to avoid it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapnketel View Post
    What I cannot understand is why they were out in the conditions they were in. I understand she was not under sail but under power at the time (the bounty did have engines) but still...
    Exactly what I was wondering? What idiot made that decision?
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    I'm sure that those that went with her out to sea volunteered...
    There is the school of thought that a ship is better off at sea than at port in a storm such as this. Storm surge may well have destroyed her by dashing her on land, or tearing her asunder had she been moored.

    Either way, she was a beautiful tall ship... And my condolences to the families of the lost.

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