December 1, 2012
Hurricane Sandy swept up through the Caribbean and along the east coast of North America in late October, causing a large amount of damage and taking a number lives, among them two of the crew of the 180-foot replica sailing ship Bounty, which was lost off the coast of North Carolina on Oct. 29. Built in 1960 for the 1962 version of the Hollywood film “Mutiny on the Bounty,” and also used in one of the more recent “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, the three-masted ship had departed New London, Connecticut for St. Petersburg, Florida, on Oct. 25 under the command of captain Robin Walbridge, one of those who perished in the incident. Radio reports had indicated that the vessel began taking on water and then lost all power, rendering the pumps unavailable. All but the captain and one female deckhand were removed from the ship by helicopter. Ports were closed along the entire US east coast during the hurricane, which was later downgraded to a Tropical Storm, but the only other commercial maritime casualty reported was the 1,077-dwt water tanker John B. Caddell, a 71-year-old vessel that was pushed ashore on New York’s Staten Island.