Two crew members missing as famed sailing ship sinks off North Carolina
The HMS Bounty sails past the Chicago skyline in 2003. The ship has been used in several movies.
October 29th, 2012
08:52 AM ET

Two crew members missing as famed sailing ship sinks off North Carolina

Crew members of a tall ship used for classic adventure films faced a harrowing real-life drama Monday as Hurricane Sandy forced them to abandon ship about 90 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Fighting waves towering 18 feet high and winds of 40 mph, a group from the HMS Bounty boarded two lifeboats, the Coast Guard said. Helicopter crews saved 14 people stranded in the Atlantic Ocean. But as of midday Monday, two people were still missing, and the ship had sunk, a Coast Guard spokesman said.

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  1. Alice the Goon

    Wonk-wonk-wonk-wonk. Wonk-wonk-wonk-wonk.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Popeye

    Well blow me down.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. Superman

    Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Popeye?

    October 30, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. jane

    This is not a joke! I cant believe people are making fun of this...have some consideration. Thanks.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. Absynthe

    Makes me sick to lose people this way, along with such a fantastic replica ship. What a horrendous loss of lives and ship!

    October 30, 2012 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. L Deel

    Why was this ship not put in safe harbor? Charleston SC, Hampton,Va ect ? Someone is not a captain they were most likely lead by money brains and not common sense!

    October 30, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. ronvan

    YES, sorry about the loss. BUT what the heck was this ship doing out there?

    October 30, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. del

    did the un-dead monkey survive?

    October 30, 2012 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. del

    have you ever been blown at see billy? no captain hindgrinder!

    October 30, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jarno

    My condolences to anyone who lost loved ones here – but why on Earth wasn't the ship moved away from the path of the storm? Surely they had enough advance warning?

    October 30, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Peter

    Loved to go on the Windjammer cruises in the Carribean, but why try and sail the ship into a massive storm like Sandy. I don't get the saying that a ship can ride it out better at sea than in a safe harbor. At least let me off in the safe harbor...................................

    October 30, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. Doug

    The loss of life always sad and the loss of this ship is a shame, but I too ask, What the heck was this 200 year old technology doing anywhere near this storm? All I can say is, the captain of this ship better have a very good reason for the choices he made.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    Captain Bligh was a lousy captain. He should have had the ship in safe harbor. But it's possible there was a mutiny in progress at the time the storm struck.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CarolO

    I do not understand why this lovely ship and 14 people aboard was even in the water when there has been a hurricane warning for a week.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BH

    I'd like to know why it was in the water at all, too.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
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