PORTSMOUTH, Va. (February 13, 2013)--The frame of a replica 18th-century sailing ship that sank during Hurricane Sandy was rotted Maine shipyard official Todd Kosakowski told federal investigators Wednesday.
Kosakowski said he discovered the rot when the HMS Bounty underwent repairs at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in Maine, where several planks were replaced before the ship headed to Florida.
He said he showed the ship's captain what he found, but the captain chose not to have the problem fixed before departing because of the expense and time it would have taken.
The ship later sank 90 miles off Cape Hatteras, N.C., during the storm in October.
One member of the HMS Bounty's 16-person-crew died and the captain was never found.
The ship was built for the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" and appeared in other seafaring dramas, as well.