But as the tall ship made its way down south from its most recent home in Connecticut, Superstorm Sandy made a last-minute change in the itinerary, redirecting the famous boat to the bottom of the Atlantic.
The 180-foot vessel — which was built for the 1962 classic Mutiny on the Bounty and most recently starred in two Pirates of the Caribbean sequels — sank off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
The 180-foot vessel — which was built for the 1962 classic Mutiny on the Bounty and most recently starred in two Pirates of the Caribbean sequels — sank off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Monday after losing a battle against Sandy's heavy winds and 18-foot waves.
The U.S. Coast Guard managed to rescue 14 crew members, who were equipped with special survival suits that enabled them to withstand the frigid waters for up to 15 hours.
Claudene Christian — great-granddaughter of Fletcher Christian, who led the 1789 mutiny against captain William Bligh and was played by Marlon Brando in the '60s film adaptation — perished during the incident. The ship's 63-year-old captain, Robin Walbridge, has yet to be located.
“We hope for the best for the people who were on the ship,” Port of Galveston director Mike Mierzwa told the Galveston Daily News. “We had really looked forward to them coming here.”
Once final agreements were made with the ship's owner, port officials said the Bounty would be berthed next to the Seaport Museum where another vintage clipper, the Elissa from 1877, is on display. The now-sunken ship was expected to stay in Galveston through April.