She was the beautiful HMS Bounty, a replica of the 18th century English ship famous for the story of the abusive captain whose sailors took the ship away from him. This replica was built from the same blueprints in 1960 and starred in Mutiny on the Bounty with Marlon Brando in 1962.
She was kept for many years as a tourist attraction in Tampa, Florida, and I visited her and walked all around the decks, and inside the captain's quarters where the signature windows were located. I had never been on a sailing ship before.
Two days ago she sank off the coast of North Carolina in a hurricane. Her captain was attempting to sail away from the coast and around massive Hurricane Sandy, which he thought would protect her from getting pounded at the docks. But something went wrong with the pumps, as she took on water in the high waves. Her crew abandoned ship; one member who was a distant relative of the original mutineer, could not be revived. As of this writing her captain has not been found.