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ELIZABETH CITY, NC (AP) – The search for the captain of a tall ship that sank in the Atlantic during Sandy is in its third day.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill said Wednesday morning that a cutter searched for Robin Walbridge overnight and two C-130 planes would join the search during the day.

The 18th-century replica tall ship, called the HMS Bounty, set sail last week and ran into the powerful storm that was moving up the East Coast.

By Monday morning, the ship was taking on water and its engines failed. The crew abandoned ship off the North Carolina coast. The Coast Guard rescued 14 crew members. Another crew member died.

The ship was originally built for the 1962 film “Mutiny on the Bounty” and was featured in several other films.

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  • Guesttoo

    It was a mistake on my part to compare a wooden replica ship to those of a modern Navy. That WAS pretty short-sighted.

    I still feel that the captain made the best possible decision that he could have, based on his knowledge of the weather, his ship and the crews capabilities. As you mentioned, it takes a unique breed of character to sail these ships and it requires unique knowledge that very few have. Perhaps the surviving crew will one day explain the reasoning behind the decisions that were made.

  • Guest454

    I think guest1948 based his decision on, uh I don’t know…….A FRIGGIN HURRICANE IN THE ATLANTIC!! You can fly into a tornado, but just because you think you could come out on the other side doesn’t make you a very good decision maker

  • Vog46

    Please don’t compare a replica ship with today’s modern Navy- that comparison just doesn’t work. Todays Navy ships are built to absorb Mother Nature’s fury whereas a replica isn’t. The beam is too broad amongst other reasons.
    I saw where the engines failed so they couldn’t run the pumps to pump out the water they were taking in. The Navy would have better maintained engines and redundant systems as well.
    It is a shame that the sea has claimed another person but you cannot say that ship was “worthy” of the conditions it encountered.


  • Vog46

    I will dis-agree here.
    Todays modern warships are in fact told to take to the seas.
    HMS Bounty was in fact, a replica of a design that has been shown to not fair well in big storms. Its engines were not big enough to allow it to outrun the storm
    There are no stabilizers on its hull and the beam of the ship relative to it’s length is too big. To me this ship should have been tied up at a dock in a protected harbor.
    The loss of the captain is a great loss. Anyone that takes part in a ship of this type – especially sailing her – are a unique breed of character and the loss of even one of them is tragic.

    But to compare this ship with the modern U.S. Navy for it’s ability to withstand a storm is indeed short sighted.


  • Dude1

    You have no idea what you are talking about, you cannot compare the US Navy to a 400 year old replica boat that was made in the 60’s. His choice should have been away from the storm, the Navy would have court martial this captain for endangerment to life and property.

  • Guest2020

    I have lived in southeastern North Carolina for all of my almost 42 years and have waited out every hurricane that has hit since 1970 with the exception of Gloria. It is always on the news about the ships in Norfolk being sent out to see as a storm approaches because it is safer out in the ocean than in the dock. From what I read the other day, the ship left before there was a Hurricane Sandy and the Captain was trying to get it out of the path of the storm. Since the investigation into the incident has only begun we can only guess at what happened. You don’t know how long they were in distress. You don’t know how long they were without power. You don’t know how long the crew struggled to save the ship before the Captain gave the order to abandon ship.

    I have never sailed. The only ship I have ever been on is the one docked across the river from Wilmington (the Battleship), but I am intelligent enough to figure out that the Captain of a ship knows more about these things than I do and I imagine that he would never knowingly put his crew in harm’s way. You have a lot of nerve to sit there and make judgments regarding something you obviously know nothing about.

  • Guesttoo

    I find your comments tragic because you’re commenting on something you know nothing about.

    The United States Navy vacated Norfolk ahead of the storm. Why? Did they make a tragic mistake by not consulting you first?

    You can second-guess the ships captain all you want. I’m convinced that he used his knowledge, experience and the understanding of his vessels capabilities to make the decision that he did. What do you base yours on?

  • Guest1948

    I find this tragic because there was absolutely NO reason for this ship to have been at sea under hurricane conditions when ports were so near by and ample warning given except for the incompetence of the ship’s captain.

  • Guest2020

    My prayers go with the surviving crew members and the family of the crew member who lost her life. My prayers go with the Captain’s family and with those who are searching for them.


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