Hurricane Sandy did more than claim a lot of the East coast. The HMS Bounty was one of the Tall Ships to visit Duluth, and the crew made some friends in the Twin Ports. When the ship went down, I remember seeing the updates on Facebook and the comments people made because they had a connection with the crew.

According to the rescue is re-told. Fourteen of the Bounty crew were heroically rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday, but tragically a couple crew members still remain missing at sea. "It appears that two crew members didn't make it onto the life rafts," according to Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Michael Patterson. The missing crew members were wearing survival suits which should help keep them afloat and protected from the frigid waters for up to 15 hours.

The article in goes on to say how Coast Guard rescue swimmer Randy Haba, said: "It's one of the biggest seas I've ever been in. It was huge out there!" Haba was also lowered to a crew member floating in the water alone. He skillfully wrapped a strap around the chilled crew member's body, and raised him to the waiting helicopter. Thirteen of the crew members were plucked from the stormy Atlantic in good condition, thanks to the coast guard. The only one not to make it was the captain, and even they sent a text saying they lived a dream and could die happy.

The thing is, the boat was trying to outrun the storm by going around it. In the end it was caught up in the storm and ultimately paid the price. The ship was in constant contact with the National Hurricane center. The last they heard from the ship was  90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C.

The following is a list of those who were rescued, and those who are still missing:

Rescued were:

  • Daniel Cleveland, 25
  • John Svendsen, 41
  • Matthew Sanders, 37
  • Adam Prokosh, 27
  • Douglas Faunt, 66
  • John Jones, 29
  • Drew Salapatek, 29
  • Joshua Scornavacchi, 25
  • Anna Sprague, 20
  • Mark Warner, 33
  • Christopher Barksdale, 56
  • Laura Groves, 28
  • Jessica Hewitt, 25
  • Jessica Black, 34


  • Claudene Christian, 42

Missing are:

  • Robin Walbridge, 63

The Bounty was built in Nova Scotia in 1960 specifically for the 1962 film, Mutiny on the Bounty, and has also been used in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End.  As of this year, the vessel has been offered up for sale at a price of $4.6 million.