Sandy sinks 'Pirates of the Caribbean' ship

By Gay Nagle Myers
HMS BountyThe HMS Bounty, a ship that appeared in "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, was sunk by 30-foot waves caused by Hurricane Sandy. The crew of the ship had to be rescued by the Coast Guard.

The three-masted ship was off the coast of North Carolina when huge waves and wind began to damage the replica 18th-century ship.

By the time the Coast Guard helicopters appeared, the ship had sunk. The Coast Guard rescued 14 of the 16 crew immediately. One female crew member was found hours later unresponsive, and the captain was still missing.

Built in 1960, the HMS Bounty first appeared in the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty." The ship underwent a multimillion dollar restoration 10 years ago and has been sailing around the East Coast in the spring and summer ever since.

The crew was trying to save the iconic ship by sailing to calmer waters south of the storm.

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