02/14/14 7:00am
02/14/2014 7:00 AM

The 180-foot Bounty in an undated photo. (Courtesy photo)

Four days before the sailing ship Bounty sank off the coast of North Carolina, longtime captain Robin Walbridge called a meeting of his crew members in port in New London, Conn.

Some aboard the vessel were concerned.

Mr. Walbridge planned to sail the wooden ship to St. Petersburg, Fla., for a scheduled event on Nov. 10, despite forecasts that a powerful storm called Sandy was moving up the East Coast. (more…)

12/12/12 3:36pm
12/12/2012 3:36 PM

If you missed the premiere of the Weather Channel special about the United States Coast Guard’s rescue of the crew of the H.M.S. Bounty during Superstorm Sandy, get ready for it to replay again tonight at 8 p.m. 

The show takes viewers “into the heart of the storm with Coast Guard helicopters, racing against time” to rescue the crew of the tall ship, which sunk 90 miles offshore of Cape Hatteras, N.C. The Bounty, which counted Greenport among its home ports, visited the harbor during last summer’s tall ships event.

HMS Bounty was inspired by the original Bounty, a royal British naval vessel best known for the 1789 mutiny led by Fletcher Christian and several others. The mutiny ended badly for commanding officer William Bligh and those loyal to him, who were set afloat in a small boat in the South Pacific 1,300 miles west of Tahiti.

Aside from captain Robin Walbridge, who sunk along with the Bounty, crew member Claudene Christian, who claimed ancestry to the famous Fletcher Christian, also perished as a result of the incident.

H.M.S. Bounty was built in Nova Scotia in 1960 for the 1962 movie “Mutiny on the Bounty,” starring Marlon Brando, and afterward traveled the seas as a teaching vessel.

The ship called St. Petersburg, Fla., home as a tourist attraction until MGM studios sold its film library, and the Bounty, to Ted Turner in 1986. During Mr. Turner’s ownership the ship appeared in the Charlton Heston film “Treasure Island” in 1989.

In 1993 Mr. Turner donated the Bounty to the Fall River Chamber Foundation in Massachusetts. That group sold the Bounty in 2001 to the HMS Bounty Organization, which operates sail training programs, an at-sea summer camp and dockside education program.

HMS Bounty also appeared in several documentaries and made an appearance as the Edinburgh trader in the 2006 film “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” with Johnny Depp.

For more information about tonight’s special on the Weather Channel, including Coast Guard video of the rescue,  click here:


11/26/12 12:31pm
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.