Coast Guard to probe loss of tall ship in hurricane

 The HMS Bounty was submerged Oct. 29 in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy off Hatteras, N.C.

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The HMS Bounty was submerged Oct. 29 in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy off Hatteras, N.C.

The US Coast Guard will inves­tigate the sinking of a tall ship with Massachusetts ties during Hurricane Sandy in ­October, which killed two people, officials said Thursday.

The Bounty, which called Fall River home from 1993 to 2001, was built for the 1962 movie “Mutiny on the Bounty.” It sank approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., on Oct. 29 while en route to St. ­Petersburg, Fla., from New London, Conn.


Two of the ship’s 16 crew members drowned, the captain, Robin Walbridge, and crew member Claudene Christian.

The investigation “will examine the facts and circumstances relating to the sinking of the vessel” to “develop conclusions and recommendations to improve the safety and operations of similar vessels,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.

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The National Transportation Safety Board will assist in the investigation.

Media mogul Ted Turner purchased the ship in 1986 and gave it to the Fall River Chamber of Commerce in 1993 to ­advance seamanship and sailing instruction efforts.

The ship was sold in 2001 to its current owner, New York businessman Robert Hansen.


The three-masted ship had been featured in numerous documentaries and movies, including “Pirates of the Carribbean Dead Man’s Chest,” according to the ship’s website.

The ship was a replica of a late 1700s British transport vessel.

Lauren Dezenski can be reached at lauren.dezenski@­
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