On Monday, October 29, 2012 Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a call from the owner of the 180-foot, three mast tall ship, HMS Bounty, saying she had lost communication with the vessel's crew late Sunday evening.
Eventually, the Coast Guard 5th District command center in Portsmouth received a signal from the emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) registered to the Bounty, confirming the distress and position.
When Coast Guard crewmen aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft, arrived on scene, They found the Bounty taking on water and without propulsion in 40 mph winds and 18-foot seas.
The 17 person crew donned cold water survival suits and lifejackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies.
According to the ship's Facebook page, the HMS Bounty appeared in the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" and the more recent "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."