“Rescue of the Bounty”

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The loss of the Bounty

The sinking of the tall ship Bounty, the replica used in the 1962 Hollywood film “Mutiny on the Bounty,” is recounted with suspense and drama by Michael J. Tougias and Douglas A. Campbell in “Rescue of the Bounty” (Scribner, $25 hardcover).

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Capt. Robin Walbridge left Connecticut, bound for Florida, despite fair warning of Hurricane Sandy roaring up the Eastern Seaboard in October 2012. When the ship ran into the storm, the captain and his crew wound up in the Atlantic amid 30-foot seas. Amazingly, 14 of the 16 on board were rescued by the Coast Guard. Crewmember Claudene Christian died, and her body was recovered. The captain was never found, leaving questions that will remain unanswered.

May 2014 issue