November 5, 2012

Irony (and Tragedy) At Sea

The New York Times brings us the captain of H.M.S. Bounty's decision to leave port in anticipation of an oncoming hurricane, in retrospect an unfortunate decision, and the subsequent rescue of its sailors. Coast Guard members found fourteen of fifteen of the crew alive in turbulent Atlantic waters, but have abandoned the search for Captain Robin Walbridge. Here, a link to video of some of the rescue of the Bounty crew. More coverage of the Bounty sinking, including a report that the Coast Guard will investigate Captain Walbridge's decision to set sail, here from the Los Angeles Times. The seaman who died, Claudene Christian, reportedly a descendant of Fletcher Christian, the leader of the Bounty mutiny, sent a message to a friend before the replica Bounty set sail indicating she was uneasy both about the condition of the ship and about the decision to leave port.

The Bounty was built for use in the original film Mutiny on the Bounty, starring Marlon Brando (1962). It has been featured in other films as well, including the Pirates of the Caribbean series (as "The Black Pearl."). More here from the Christian Science Monitor.

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