HMS Bounty stranded at sea, west of Hurricane Sandy

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Coast Guard has responded to a distressed ship with 17 people aboard.  The ship, the HMS Bounty, is about 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., 160 miles from Hurricane Sandy's center.

The owner of the ship called the Coast Guard late Sunday evening, saying that she had lost communication with the ship's crew late Sunday evening.

The Coast Guard also received a message from the Bounty, confirming their distress and position.

A Coast Guard crew from Air Station Elizabeth City later arrived on the scene and reestablished communications with the crew.

The ship is reportedly taking on water and cannot move forward on its own.

Winds of 40 miles per hour with 18 feet seas were reported.  The ship is approximately 160 miles west of the eye of hurricane Sandy.

The HMS Bounty is a replica of the original ship from the 18th century known for the mutiny (conspiracy) that took place in Tahiti in 1789 on board the British transport vessel.

The vessel was built for the 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty with Marlon Brando and has since appeared in many other films. It tours the world offering summer camp and maritime educational opportunities.

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