17 Abandon HMS Bounty off N.C. coast

The HMS Bounty which was the feature ship in Gloucester’s Schooner Festival Last Summer was taking on water out at sea and it’s 17 person crew just abandoned ship.

Uhmmm does this not beg the question-

“WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING OUT TO SEA ON THIS BOAT WHEN THEY’VE BEEN FORCASTING THIS STORM FOR OVER A WEEK?”

Somebody’s got some splainin’ to do!

17 abandon stricken ship off N.C. coast

By NBC News staff

Seventeen people aboard a replica of the HMS Bounty abandoned ship early Monday while stranded at sea off the North Carolina coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a press release.

"The 17 person crew donned cold water survival suits and life jackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies," the Coast Guard said in a statement.

The ship issued a distress signal late Sunday and was taking on water, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The owner of the 180-foot, three mast ship — which was built for the 1962 Marlon Brando movie, "Mutiny on the Bounty" — lost communication with the crew and alerted the Coast Guard to the situation.

Here she is when she arrived in Gloucester Last Summer-

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UPDATE: Coast Guard responds to vessel in distress 160 miles from hurricane’s center

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard has received word that the crew of the HMS Bounty has abandoned ship approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras N.C., Monday.

The 17 person crew donned cold water survival suits and lifejackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies.

The Coast Guard continues to monitor the situation and assess the weather conditions to determine the soonest Coast Guard aircraft or surface assets can be on scene to conduct effective rescue operations.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina initially received a call from the owner of the 180-foot, three mast tall ship, HMS Bounty, saying she had lost communication with the vessel’s crew late Sunday evening.

The Coast Guard 5th District command center in Portsmouth subsequently received a signal from the emergency position indicating radio beacon registered to the Bounty, confirming the distress and position.
An air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft, which later arrived on scene and reestablished communications with the Bounty’s crew.
The vessel was reportedly taking on water and was without propulsion.  On scene weather is reported to be 40 mph winds and 18-foot seas.

More Pictures of the HMS Bounty In Gloucester Last Summer-

Gloucester Welcomes HMS BOUNTY

Posted on August 31, 2012 by Marty Luster


HMS Bounty coming to the Gloucester Schooner Festival

Len Burgess Submits-

September 1st & 2nd.

HMS Bounty…at one with the sea…global voyager…movie star…dedicated to preserving the fine art of square-rigged sailing.

      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.

 

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11 Responses to 17 Abandon HMS Bounty off N.C. coast

  1. I know, why were they out there, hope all is well, as Rick stated, it is not like a U.S. Navy Ship

  2. Gayle White says:

    what a an awful shame!

  3. Kevin says:

    I may be wrong, but I doubt that the crew of this ship has the skill to handle a vessel of this complexity in condtions this demanding, unforgiving and harsh.

  4. Ray C. says:

    NPR is reporting they lost power trying to go around the storm but all crew members have been rescued by helicopter :)

  5. Say a prayer for the missing. These were all young kids crewing that ship.

  6. Bill Hubbard says:

    A tragic loss of a fine replica ship. Reports say she was trying to “go around the storm”. But, why in hell was she offshore? That is a huge storm and has been well forcast and reported for over a week. They should have had plenty of time to seek a shelterd harbor. Last report I heard was that there were two missing. Hope they are found and that all is well with the rest of the crew.

  7. Nikita63 says:

    Even our Navy and Coast Guard send sailing vessels to sea during these events as they are supposed to be able to better ride them out than they apparently do if wet berthed. It doesn’t make sense to me either but that’s what I have heard before and, I saw somene else report it that way in another venue just a few minutes ago. I hope they are all safe but the latest report I have heard is that the ship has sunk and there are two missing with 14 in two helicopters now headed for the North Carolina mainland after the sinking 90 miles off Cape Hatteras. God help the missing an d their families.

  8. schooner39 says:

    Here is a little more information on this tragedy — from the Virginian Pilot.
    http://hamptonroads.com/2012/10/hms-bounty-replica-sinks-nc-coast-two-missing

  9. Howard Griffore aka Popeye when his oldest dau. was 6 yrs old. says:

    I was stationed with Richard Arnold re: Phyllis A. at E.P.L.S when he was the officer in charge of the station. Made two trips on the Phyllis A. while in the C.G. when his brother Alvin was the Capt. and his brother Robert worked the warf. The old Lighthouse has changed somewhat’

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