The graveyard of the Atlantic, the watery depths off the North Carolina coast that have gripped the sunken relics of 1,000 ships for more than four centuries, claimed a new victim Monday.
The Coast Guard rescued 14 crew members of the Bounty by helicopter Monday.
The search for the Captain Robin Walbridge is going on it’s third day.
“As of now, our intent is to continue searching for the missing person,” said Coast Guard Capt. Doug Cameron. “This is still an active search, not a recovery effort. Factors such as fitness of the member, weather conditions, survival equipment and the results from previous searches are taken into consideration to determine how long the Coast Guard will search.”
In 1789, the original HMS Bounty played a role in the one of the most famous stories in maritime history. A small three-mast sailing vessel sent by Britain’s Royal Navy to the Pacific on a supply expedition, the Bounty was roiled by tension between its crew and Capt. William Bligh.
The ship that sank Monday was a replica of the original Bounty, built for the 1962 “Mutiny on the Bounty” movie, which starred Marlon Brando as Christian. It was constructed from original Royal Navy plans, but was made one-third larger to accommodate cameras and other filming equipment.
Over the years it has starred in a number of sailing movies, including the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series, in which it was the pirate ship Black Pearl.