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The final hours of the HMS Bounty were as dramatic as the Hollywood adventure films she starred in, with the crew abandoning ship in life rafts as their stately craft slowly went down in the immense waves churned up by Hurricane Sandy off the North Carolina coast. By the time the first rescue helicopter arrived, all that was visible of the replica 18th-century sailing vessel was a strobe light atop the mighty ship’s submerged masts. The roiling Atlantic Ocean had claimed the rest.
Washington Post.

I took this image back in April of this year when she sailed into St Augustine Harbour…so sad!


  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 2 years ago

    wow, it’s sad. it’s pretty bad here also, great shot, Kate

  • Stay safe Luda!!

    – Kate Adams

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Thanks so much Rick, very sad indeed, I hear the captain is still missing.

    – Kate Adams

  • CarolM
    CarolMover 2 years ago

    I just heard about this on the TV news. What a sad loss and from what I understand, the captain is still missing at sea. The storm back there is terrible. Thank you for sharing your image of the HMS Bounty again Kate. It gives us all an idea of what she looked like. I can’t imagine why she was in the area unless the crew didn’t know about the hurricane.

  • Hi Carol! I am so sad….., this ship was used in a few Pirates of the Caribbean movies and is such a loss I really enjoyed being escorted around this ship as it had a special place in my heart being English..thank you so much:))

    – Kate Adams

  • George Petrovsky
    George Petrovskyover 2 years ago

    Very sad indeed, Kate! On TV, I saw some of the crew being rescued by Chopper. Part of Australia’s history gone as well, with the ship making frequent visits here and of course Captain Bligh was one of the (unpopular) Governors of our fledgling colony. Can it be salvaged? The Bounty – not the colony! A scary storm – I hope you haven’t been afflicted! Take care. :)george

  • Hello George!..yes Australian history too, I remember visiting in Sydney…I have no idea if they will salvage the ship, the seas are so rough right now that no boats are going out, maybe later when they venture out and if it’s not in too deep water, I will keep you updated if I find out anything…thank you so much for repying…have a great day!

    – Kate Adams

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 2 years ago

    Great capture of this beautiful ship,,,it surely will be missed!

  • Thank you so much for the lovely comments, it will be missed by so many, can’t believe I was sitting on deck in April:))

    – Kate Adams

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 2 years ago

    I would have truly enjoy a visit aboard this ship,…So sad that it sink,..and the life`s that were loss too,..
    Great shot Kate,….

  • Hi John…thank you so much for commenting, two lives lost, the captain and Claudene Christian, 42, of Oklahoma, was an established descendant of Fletcher Christian, who was a leader of the famous mutiny aboard the original British naval vessel, the HMS Bounty.

    – Kate Adams

  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...over 2 years ago

    I have been on this ship many times, as she was berthed in Sydney Harbour for many years…
    She will be terribly missed, as she was the pride of Australia for a long, long time…
    I have many good memories of her and at least I have those.
    Like the original Bounty, she is now sailing the heavens…

  • A loss to many of us I am sure Larry, thank you for commenting, l also visited it a few years ago in Sydney and again this April when she arrived in our harbour, I have very fond memories of her.

    – Kate Adams

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 2 years ago

    Such a shame Kate, I hope you are keeping safe . Take care xx

  • Thank you so much Irene, very sad indeed….we are away from the storm, it passed by us last week and the worst we had was strong winds so we have been very lucky. xx

    – Kate Adams

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    So glad to see a shot of the Bounty – I have read about her sinking and loss of lives too.

  • Hi Kala!
    as well as visiting this ship in our harbour I also visited it in Sydney a few years ago..very sad indeed for the loss of life, thank you so much for your kind thoughts:))

    – Kate Adams

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonover 2 years ago

    Glad you got it Kate! We saw her last summer in Newport, but didn’t get to see her sail :O(((
    So sad, but I can’t believe they went out to sea in that weather! Yikes! Hope all is well with you and yours, it wasn’t too bad up here.

  • Hello Linda, nice of you to comment, sorry you missed her sailing it was a sight to behold…we are fine down here in Florida, the storm passed by us last week leaving only high winds but I feel very sad at the devastation further north, it is going to take some time for everything to dissipate….keep safe!.

    – Kate Adams

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