PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Galveston’s plans for a new tourist attraction took a tragic turn Monday when the Tall Ship HMS Bounty was caught in Hurricane Sandy and sank off North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
The U.S. Coast Guard early Monday battled 18-foot seas and 40 mph winds to rescue 14 crew members who had been forced to abandon ship about 90 miles off Cape Hatteras. The Coast Guard found one body and was searching for another crew member late Monday.
The 180-foot, three-masted ship, built for the 1962 film “Mutiny on the Bounty,” was expected to arrive in Galveston by November’s end and berth at Pier 21 until April. The arrival had been highly anticipated by islanders and nautical buffs. The bounty’s owner had been seeking a place to dock the ship in the winter months to allow the captain and crew to go on vacation.
“We hope for the best for the people who were on the ship and that they do find the people who are missing,” Port Director Mike Mierzwa said. “We had really looked forward to them coming here.”
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