Remembering the HMS Bounty

Mere months after the 1962 replica of the HMS Bounty visited Cork City, she sank in Hurricane Sandy off the Atlantic coast near North Carolina. Two members of the crew did not survive. It is remarkable anyone did when you see this photo from the U.S. Coast Guard. A very real reminder of the amazing work and strength of those Coast Guard teams (related ABC News coverage).

US Coast Guard photo of Bounty submerged in the Atlantic Ocean about 90 miles SE of Hatteras, NC after 16 crew members abandoned the sinking ship and were rescued by helicopter. Source: http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/

I feel fortunate to have seen her sail out of Cork Harbor after her June visit. Here are some photos I captured at the time (with my seven-month-old son in a chest carrier).

HMS Bounty and Blackrock Castle Observatory

HMS Bounty and Blackrock Castle

HMS Bounty

Let us take a moment to admire the bravery of the crew, especially the two who did not survive, Captain Robin Walbridge (missing and presumed deceased and crew member Claudene Christian, who was apparently the great-great-great-great-great granddaughter of Fletcher Christian, the sailing master of the original HMS Bounty. Let’s keep their families in our thoughts.

HMS Bounty [replica] sailing out of Port of Cork

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