Cape Hatteras, the graveyard of the Atlantic, and the watery depths off the North Carolina coast have gripped the sunken relics of 1,000 ships for more than four centuries. And now the masts of the Bounty are what can be seen rising from the water.
Of the sixteen crew members on board, 14 were rescued by the US Coast Guard swimmers and helicopters. One of the two lost crew members, Claudene Christian, a distant relative of Fletcher Christian who led the mutiny on the original bounty, was found on Monday afternoon but was pronounced dead that evening. Captain Robin Walbridge remains lost at sea.
The heroes in all this are the United States Coast Guard who put themselves in situations that give most people nightmares. My respect for them is enormous as they rescue people from the sea. The following video is a bit long but shows what they did during the rescue of the Bounty's crew members.
I enjoyed touring the ship when she was in town in May. I wrote a little bit about my fascination with the ship and the story of the original Bounty here. I want to share a few of my photos from my visit to the ship.
Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!