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HMS Bounty sinking featured in TV documentary

The Weather Channel has made its mark again with a one-hour documentary on the Coast Guard’s rescue of 14 surviving crew after the tall ship HMS Bounty sand amid Hurricane Sandy in late October.

The show takes viewers “into the heart of the storm with Coast Guard helicopters, racing against time” to rescue the crew of the tall ship, which sunk 90 miles offshore of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

HMS Bounty was inspired by the original Bounty, a royal British naval vessel best known for the 1789 mutiny led by Fletcher Christian and several others. The replica Bounty was built in Nova Scotia in 1960 for the 1962 movie “Mutiny on the Bounty,” starring Marlon Brando, and afterward traveled the seas as a teaching vessel and was a regular participant in tall ships events around the country.

The one-hour documentary will next be broadcast on the cable channel at 4 p.m. Friday (EST), 9 p.m. Sunday and 3 a.m. Monday.

Click here for a report by The Suffolk Times, a local New York newspaper near the Bounty’s home port of Greenport.