Superstorm Sandy's Fury Takes Famous HMS Bounty To Watery Grave In Atlantic (Photos)

  on October 30 2012 6:49 AM

HMS Bounty, the famous replica ship that featured in Hollywood flicks like "Mutiny on the Bounty," "Treasure Island" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," sank in the rough Atlantic waters caused by Hurricane Sandy, off the coast of North Carolina late  Monday night.

The famous 180-foot three-masted tall ship is a replica of the famous 18th-century British vessel and was heading east to escape the Sandy's fury, when she started taking on water.

The 16-member crew initially believed they were safe and did not call for help.

"At that time it wasn't considered an emergency, even though they had several feet of water inside the boat,” its owner, Bob Hansen, told KUSA.

However, the ship's generator and power backup failed and the ship started sinking after taking in water in the rough sea.

“Somehow we lost power in our generator and in our main engines, and as a result, we could not pump any water out of the boat," Hansen said.

The crew realizing their life was in danger called for help and of the 16-member crew, 13 were picked up from the sea safely by the rescue helicopters. While three people, including its longtime captain Robin Walbridge, were washed overboard as the ship went down into 18-feet deep water.

The captain is still missing and another crew member was rescued by the search team, while the body of the third crew Claudine Christian who got washed abroad was recovered, Monday late night.

HMS bounty was built in 1962 for the movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” starring Marlon Brando and was later used in the 2006 blockbuster, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."

The original vessel was built in 1784 and was later purchased by the Royal Navy to bring breadfruit plants from Tahiti to West Indies. However, the mission never completed as a mutiny on the Bounty led to its destruction.  

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The HMS Bounty is shown submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, North Carolina Reuters

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The replica HMS Bounty tall ship is shown in this 2011 handout photo supplied by HMS Bounty Organization LLC Reuters

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A crewman of the replica tall ship HMS Bounty is aided by the U.S. Coast Guard after being rescued from the Atlantic Ocean, at the Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City Reuters

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The crew of the replica tall ship HMS Bounty is aided by the U.S. Coast Guard after being rescued from the Atlantic Ocean, at the Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City Reuters

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The crew of the replica tall ship HMS Bounty is aided by the U.S. Coast Guard after being rescued from the Atlantic Ocean, at the Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City Reuters

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A crewman of the replica tall ship HMS Bounty is lifted from the water by a member of the U.S. Coast Guard in the Atlantic Ocean Reuters

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The HMS Bounty is shown submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, North Carolina Reuters

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The HMS Bounty is shown submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, North Carolina Reuters

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