While superyachts escaped relatively unscathed from Hurricane Sandy, the 54-metre tall ship Bounty took on water amid 18-foot waves and sank off the coast of North Carolina en route to St Petersburg in Florida. Her engines and bilge pumps had failed, according to the LA Times.

On Friday, Northrop & Johnson, broker of the ship, released this statement: “Northrop & Johnson is incredibly saddened by the news of the sinking of Bounty, the 180’ Smith & Rhuland built in 1960. George Georges of the Northrop & Johnson Boston office was the listing broker and had a great relationship with the owner and crew members. All of us at Northrop & Johnson would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of Claudene Christian, a crew member aboard Bounty who has since passed away. We will continue to pray for Captain Robin Walbridge who is still missing. The US Coast Guard demonstrated extreme bravery as they saved the lives of 14 crew members midst the terrible storm. We are sincerely grateful for their efforts and hope for the full recovery of all involved in this incident.” The search for Captian Walbridge was called off on Monday. The US Coastguard is to open an investigation into the sinking.

Click here to see the US Coastguard’s rescue video.


The hurricane also affected superyachts along the East Coast. Newport Shipyards posted this dramatic photo of the 38-metre Perini Navi P2, when the wind speed raged to 71.8 knots.

During an event on the newly built Just Enough , on charter through Ocean Independence, the cocktail barge broke free from the main yacht and band members entertaining the guests had to be evacuated, charter manager Daphne d’Offay told SuperYacht World.

At New York’s North Cove marina, which just weeks ago played host to a Hollywood film crew in the sunshine, the tide reached a record high but New York’s skyscrapers protected the yachts inside. According to Commodore Michael Fortenbaugh, north-east winds of 55 knots (gusts of 75) were reduced to 35 knots inside due to the marina’s position as a natural harricane harbour.
 Of the yachts in the marina, which ranged up to 29 metres, none were damaged, but electrical vaults filled from below due to the high tide. Fortenbaugh said he hopes full power will be restored within a few days.