Lawsuit filed against NY owner of ship that sank

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Submitted: Thu, 05/09/2013 - 9:34pm
Updated: Thu, 05/09/2013 - 11:57pm

CENTRAL ISLIP, NY (AP) — The mother of a woman who died during the sinking of a ship during Superstorm Sandy has filed a lawsuit against the owner of the vessel.

The suit, filed Monday in federal court on Long Island, names Robert Hansen as a defendant, along with the HMS Bounty Organization.

The HMS Bounty, a replica of an 18-century ship, sank early on Oct. 29 about 90 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras. Fourteen of the sixteen crew members were rescued, but 42-year-old Claudene Christian died. The captain was never found.

In the suit, Christian’s mother accuses Hansen of negligence in allowing the ship to sail. She says it wasn’t seaworthy and that the captain shouldn’t have taken it out to sea.

Hansen’s attorney did not return a call seeking comment.

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  • Blueyes says:

    The HMS Bounty was NOT a US Navy ship but a privately owned and operated “floating exhibit” of a tall ship. Primarily it sailed from port to port for tall ship festivals and occasionally showed up in movies for Hollywood (ex: Pirates of the Caribbean and the original Mutiny on the Bounty). Check out the Coast Guard hearings on the sinking and you will see that this ship should never have left port.

  • Leeb says:

    That was a Navy ship….. good luck with that lawsuit. The only person that’s going to get anything out of it is the lawyer.

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