We just heard that the HMS Bounty is sinking off the coast of North Carolina. This is a replica, made for the movie, Mutiny on the Bounty with Marlon Brando in 1962. It is a beautiful tall ship and has visited Greenport many times. She is an old friend of ours -- Peter read the entire Bounty trilogy to Clara when she was little. They read a bit before bed every night -- I think it took almost a year to get through the three books. When Clara was in 8th grade, her class was spent an overnight on the schooner Ernestina. They were berthed right next to the Bounty before their departure. When the teacher asked if anyone new the story of the Bounty, Clara was the only one who raised her hand. She stood and recounted the whole tale -- from Captain Bligh to Fletcher Christian, and Tahiti to Pitcairn Island.
We're distraught to think that this beautiful ship will end up at the bottom of the Atlantic, even more distraught to know that two of the crew are missing. Sending lots of positive thoughts their way.
We are still dealing with high winds and high tides and waiting for the full force of the storm. Some friends have come to stay for the duration, which makes the days more festive. I'm trying to get some work done, but its a little difficult to focus with the storm swirling outside. If there's a lot of damage, we may not even have a show to go to this weekend.
***UPDATE: Even more sad -- Captain is missing and Claudine Christian has died.