Greenport planning to memorialize ship

11/26/2012 12:31 PM |

Hurricane Sandy may have claimed the HMS Bounty, but the Tall Ship will not soon be forgotten. The Greenport Village Board is making sure of it.

Among the agenda items for Monday night’s village board meeting is a discussion about a planned memorial for the Bounty, the replica tall ship, which sunk in rough seas brewed by Sandy off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. The tragedy resulted in the loss of two lives, including that of the ship’s captain, Robin Walbridge, whom the U.S. Coast Guard said went down with the ship during the incident. The other, Claudene Christian, was a crewmember who claimed ancestry to mutineer Fletcher Christian of the original Bounty.

“We’re really just formulating ideas at this point,” Mr. Nyce said Monday morning. “The memorial won’t take place most likely until the end of the summer to give the families time to grieve and for [the HMS Bounty Organization] time to settle things out.”

Mr. Nyce did not specify whether the memorial would take the form of a monument or rather a service.